[The Wilderness Battlefield] Unknown Artist Artist: Possibly by Alexander Gardner (American, born Scotland, 1821–1882) Date: 1865–67 Medium: Albumen silver print from glass negative Dimensions: From 12.5 x 7.9 cm The Battle of the Wilderness was fought May 5-7, 1864, in the same Virginia forest disputed a year before in the Chancellorsville campaign. When the soldiers took their positions in the woods, the ground was already littered with skulls.
This picture was taken in 1864, and shows soldiers wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness. It is interesting to see how far battlefield medicine has come in the last 140 years. These men did not even have the comfort of a tent, but had only the shelter of a tree.
James Samuel Wadsworth (October 30, 1807 – May 8, 1864) was a philanthropist, politician, and a Union general in the American Civil War. He was the 1st Division Commander in the 1st Corp during the battle at Gettysburg. He was killed in battle during the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864.
Case of Corporal Bemis, Thrice Severely Wounded in Three Battles." Cpl. Edson D. Bemis, Co. K, 12th Massachussetts, wounded at Battles of Hatcher's Run, the Wilderness and Antietam.Selected by Mike.Text from the reverse of the photo:Private Edson D. Bemis, K, 12th Massachusetts, was wounded at Antietam by a musket ball, which fractured the shaft of his left humerus. The fracture united kindly, with very slight angular displacement and a quarter of an inch shortening. Promoted to be…