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War Yankee

Greetings! 👋 I am Kyle M. Bondo – The War Yankee – Creator of the American Civil War podcast about Grant’s March South to Petersburg.

In 1864, the Union entered its fourth year of war against the Confederacy succession. President Abraham Lincoln has fired yet another General and promoted Ulysses S. Grant — Hero of Vicksburg — to General-in-Chief of the entire Union Army. Without delay, Grant forms a new aggressive strategy that will not only take the fight to the enemy but see him command the Army of the Potomac in the field.

Join me, US Navy veteran Kyle Bondo, as I follow the history of Grant’s Overland Campaign from Culpeper to Petersburg, Virginia, in my American Civil War podcast War Yankee. Learn what it took General Ulysses S. Grant and the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac to survive 40+ days of continuous warfare against the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in 1864. War Yankee – Overland is a history podcast presented by Gagglepod, the little studio I co-founded with my best friend, Tim Brien.

Every episode is a work of passion that requires a lot of coffee. I research, read, visit, host, mix, edit, and produce every episode myself. I would greatly appreciate it if you could do two things for me:

1. Send me a quick note of encouragement to This keeps me going when times get tough!

2. If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting the show by buying me a cup of coffee (or two)!

Thank you!

Nov 27, 2020

War Yankee - Overland

Overland.09: Defiant Blue Knot

Kyle Bondo starts to explore the first critical events of the Battle of the Wilderness as the Army of the Potomac discovers rebel forces that threaten to cut their army in half.


It's the mid-morning of May 5th, 1864 -- The Army of the Potomac has now discovered two massive rebel forces forming on both sides of Warren's 5th Corps still stung out over 5-miles within the tangles of The Wilderness. Now, as new intelligence arrives, they are becoming painfully aware that General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia has launched a counter-crossing attack along the Orange Turnpike AND the Orange Plank Roads. As Meade falls back into his old Eastern Army habits by going on defense, will Grant be able to finally push the Army of the Potomac into an aggressive Federal position?


"What had begun as a hopeful morning's march was rapidly taking an ugly, familiar turn. Once again, the Union high command had underestimated Lee's audacity."
-- Gordon Rhea, Battle of the Wilderness

"If [this] is what Meade meant by attacking 'at once', as he said he would at 7:30 AM [it's now after 10:00 AM] no wonder Lee was running circles around him."
-- Gordon Rhea, Battle of the Wilderness

-- Maj.Gen. George Getty, Running to Brock Road Intersection, May 5th, 1864

"We must hold this point at any risk -- Our men will soon be up!"
-- Maj.Gen. George Getty, Arriving at the Brock Road Intersection, May 5th, 1864

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