Good morning. It’s Wednesday, June 24, 2020. One hundred and fifty-six years ago today, Union troops under the overall command of Ulysses S. Grant engaged Robert E. Lee’s Confederates in the last battle of Grant’s grueling Overland Campaign.
The fighting took place at a rural crossroads in Charles County, Va., some 20 miles east of Richmond and is called the Battle of St. Mary’s Church or, in some accounts, the Action of Nance’s Shop. Prosaic names, to be sure, although to the families of the 630 men killed or wounded there, the place was as fateful as Gettysburg or Antietam.