View images related to our new Grant HQ preservation campaign.
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Target Property: Grant's Headquarters
The Civil War Trust is currently working to acquire this piece of land where Gen. Ulysses S. Grant made his headquarters during the Battle of the Wilderness
Union troops marched along the Orange Turnpike (modern day Route 20) on their way to the fight at Saunders Field. The Highway 20 corridor brings much heavy traffic through this historic region.
Entering the Wilderness
The site of Grant's command post is located just inside the boundaries of the National Park. The Trust's current target property adjoins this land, preserving the entirety of Union Army's nerve center during the battle.
Satellite Image: Grant's Headquarters
This satellite view shows the region in yellow where our target tract is located and the nearby modern development in this area.
Satellite: Headquarters Knoll
This satellite image shows the 1.4 acre Grant's HQ tract that we are working to save. Several modern structures dot this tract today.
Highway 20 Near Grant's Headquarters
Route 20 passes along the Grant HQ tract on its way towards Saunder's Field and the rest of the Wilderness Battlefield.
Grant at His Tent
Library of Congress
Civil War era photo showing Grant outside of a tent at City Point, near Petersburg.
Meade's Headquarters Site
Maj. Gen. George Meade's large Army of the Potomac headquarters was likely located at the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 3, just down the road from Grant's headquarters.
Development in the Wilderness
Once the site of Meade's Headquarters, the intersection of modern day Route 3 and Route 20 is now host to this gas station and convenience store.
Map: The land at the Wilderness
Map by Erin Wetherley, Civil War Trust
This map denotes the location of our current target property in relation to other parcels near the Wilderness Battlefield
General U. S. Grant in the Wilderness
Library of Congress
Despite the tough and bloody fight in The Wilderness, Union troops cheered the General-in-Chief when it became known that they would not retreat back above the Rapidan and Rappahannock Rivers as other Union commanders had done in previous years.