(Lakewood, Colorado) -- Civil War re-enactors assembled on the campus of Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness. The battle was significant, at least in part, because it was among the first actions of General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant had been promoted and given command of the Union forces in March of 1864 and barely a month later he began the Virginia Overland Campaign resulting in heavy casualties on both sides.
Re-enactors made presentations regarding weapons, troop formations, women’s support, medicine, photography and other aspects of military and civilian aspects of the war.
At 1:30 p.m. the battle was staged with a narrator providing context for the people, tactics and events of the battle.