“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Spindle House

The Spindle House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
1. The Spindle House Marker
Inscription. A large frame house belonging to Sarah Spindle stood here in 1864. The opening engagement of the Spotsylvania Campaign swirled across the Spindle Farm on the morning of May 8 as Union troops dashed through these open fields toward the Confederate battle line ahead in the woods. A Federal soldier from the Maryland Brigade described the scene on this ridge:

"The enemy opened with shell, followed by canister and then double canister from the cross fire guns on their right. Their fire increased in intensity, as the attack advanced .... Naturally enough the front rank was goaded into a return fire, individual progress was naturally retarded by the act of aiming and reloading; men from the rear pressed impatiently forward to repeat the process. In this way, ranks and regiments became intermingled, straggling was made easy, the time of exposure was fatally prolonged...."

The Spindle House caught fire during the battle and burned to the ground.
Location. 38° 12.83′ N, 77° 36.978′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Brock Road (County Route 613) 0.2 miles south of Hancock Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located along a loop trail through the Laurel Hill section
Laurel Hill Trail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
2. Laurel Hill Trail
Two markers along the trail detail the Spindle House and fighting in this sector.
of the Spotsylvania Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Spindle House (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland Monument (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Warren's Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); Laurel Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Race for Spotsylvania Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sedgwick (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
Also see . . .  Laurel Hill. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on August 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Advancing Federals image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
3. Advancing Federals
From the marker location looking south. The Federals of Warren's Corps advanced across the fields here toward the distant tree line. Crawford's Federal Brigade was arrayed near this location. Denison's Maryland (Federal) Brigade advanced on the left of Crawford's, near the Brock Road. Confederates defending in this sector included Field's and Kershaw's Divisions.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 802 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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