American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of the Wilderness
As they had all day on May 5, the Confederate corps of Richard Ewell on the Orange Turnpike and A. P. Hill along the Plank Road dueled fiercely with an uncharacteristically aggressive Union army on May 6. Ewell’s brigades pushed back Gouverneur Warren’s V and John Sedgwick’s VI Corps. Late in the day, a flank attack on the Union right by John B. Gordon’s Georgia brigade, supported by R. D. Johnston’s North Carolina regiments, nearly broke the Federal line. Winfield S. Hancock’s II Corps held firm against attacks along the Brock Road all day, supported by George Getty’s VI Corps division. Ambrose Burnside’s IX Corps was sent to the front, but offered little decisive support to Warren or Hancock.