On today in 1863, around a modest valley called Mine Run in Virginia, Union General George Meade moves against Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia immediately after months of inaction following Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in July of this year. Meade’s troops found no weaknesses in Lee’s lines, and the offensive was abandoned immediately after five days.
Meade was under great pressure from President Abraham Lincoln’s administration to do something prior to the finish of 1863. For months immediately after Gettysburg, both battered armies nursed their wounds and gazed warily at 1 another over the Rappahannock River. In October 1863, Lee attemptedto move his army on the list of Union force and Washington, D.C., but his offensive failed at Bristoe Station, Virginia. Now, Meade hoped to attack section of Lee’s army.
On November 26, Meade sent three corps against Lee’s appropriate flank near Mine Run. Unfortunately for the Union, William French’s Third Corps took the incorrect road and didn’t cross the Rapidan River (just south of the Rappahannock) promptly. Lee moved component of his army east to meet up the threat. While French’s corps wandered in the Virginia wilderness, Confederate General Edward Johnson moved to block their advance. French’s males fought Johnson’s at Payne’s Farm French suffered some 950 males killed and wounded to Johnson’s 545. The blunder cost the Union heavily. Lee’s men used sturdy positions along Mine Run, and Meade realized that to attack at once will be foolish. By December 1, Meade started pulling his men back over the Rappahannock and into winter quarters. There will be no additional activity among both fantastic armies until spring.