As General Winfield Scott Hancock's 2nd Corp was pushing through the woods to your front, few of the South's
soldiers stood in their way.
Just in time, as hundreds of butternuts came streaming towards the men in blue,
General Lee rode up to lead them on himself.
The Texans would not allow their leader to face such peril.
"Lee to the rear!" they shouted. "We won't go forward
unless you go back!" Lee did go back to speak with
General Longstreet who was just coming onto the field.
The boys from Texas suffered 50% casualties but
blunted the Union offensive. Grant would have
to sideslip around the Confederates to fight another day.
Wilderness Battlefield, Virginia.