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FOLLOWING the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-7, and the surprise killing of GEN JOHN SEDGWICK by sniper fire, on the morning of May 9, the Union Army chain of command is greatly disrupted: GENERAL GRANT voices the opinion that he could better spare the loss of an entire division, than to lose Gen. Sedgwick.
Forced adjustments in the chain of Army command now put the alcoholic Gen H.A.G. Wright in charge of the VI Corps, and open up an "internal front" within the Union Army itself -- leaving a wide opening also, for the advancement of the ambitions of a young COL. EMORY UPTON -- the chief tactical innovator and tactical drill instructor of the Union Forces.
UPTPON HAS AN IDEA for a completely new type of tactical configuration of the troops, into formations which he believes will make for more effective assault on enemy Confederate works. BASED UPON his months and months of training of Yankee troops at Brandy Station, Upton takes his innovative idea directly to GENERAL GRANT -- who concurs with UPTON's proposal....
TO EXECUTE THE ATTACK, Upton picks the Union's most proven fighters for his charge ... and WHAT HAPPENS NEXT will fell the finest flower of the Union Army in just a few short minutes.
THEIR STORY makes for a fitting objective, this MEMORIAL DAY...