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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

When General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant was promoted to this rank he summoned Sheridan to the Eastern Theater to command the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac.  In the beginning of Grant’s overland campaign, Sheridan’s Calvary was overseen by Major General George G. Meade.  In the Battle of the Wilderness the dense forest made it very hard for Sheridan’s Calvary to do much.  As the Army preformed a turning movement of the Confederate right flank, Sheridan's troops failed to clear the road from the Wilderness.   They lost the battle engagements along the Plank Road on May 5th and at Todd's Tavern on May 6th through May 8th.  This allowed the Confederates to seize the critical crossroads before the Union infantry could arrive.  When Meade got mad at Sheridan for not completing his duties, Sheridan told Meade that he could “whip Stuart” if Meade would let him.  Meade told Grant the story and Grant replied, "Well, he generally knows what he is talking about. Let him start right out and do it."  Even with this statement Meade didn’t listen and told Sheridan to continue as ordered.  From May 9th through May 24th, Meade sent Sheridan on a raid toward Richmond, directly challenging the Confederate cavalry.  The raid was less successful than hoped, but the raid did harm J.E.B. Stuart at Yellow Tavern.

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