- The beginning of amassive, coordinated campaign involving all the Union Armies. In Virginia,Grant with an Army of 120,000 begins advancing toward Richmond to engageLee's Army of Northern Virginia, now numbering 64,000, beginning a warof attrition that will include major battles at the Wilderness (May 5-6),Spotsylvania (May 8-12), and Cold Harbor (June 1-3).


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