Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief and, with Kris White, co-founder of Emerging Civil War. Chris is a professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., and the historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotslyvania battlefield.
Union and Confederate soldiers had endured years of privations and pitched battles, yet nothing had prepared them for the fighting in the Mule Shoe Salient at Spotsylvania Court House on May 12, 1864. “I have, as you know, been in a good many hard fights, but I never saw anything like the contest,” wrote one Louisiana soldier.
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