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The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Part 1, Chapter 3 The Wilderness, Section 2 Summary & Analysis

Louis Menand
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Part 1, Chapter 3 The Wilderness, Section 2 Summary

Lee met Grant and attacked. The Battle of the Wilderness had begun. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The Union Army lost about 3000 soldiers a day. However, Grant refused to back down and eventually made it to Spotsylvania.

During this battle, Abbott was shot and killed. Holmes was devastated and tired. He was honored that Abbott considered him a friend. His death sealed the views of Holmes regarding the use of character and job performance when judging a man. In the 40 days of the battle, approximately 60,000 soldiers were killed.

Part 1, Chapter 3 The Wilderness, Section 2 Analysis

Holmes has to deal with losses in this section that outweigh any other. Abbott was dear to him, as the reader knows, and his death and the carnage of the Battle of the Wilderness have...

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