Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Inscription. May 18, 1864. About dawn, Hancock's and Wright's Corps advanced southward past the McCoull House and attacked Ewell's Corps which was holding the new line. They hoped to repeat the Federal success of May 12. This time, however, Confederate cannon were ready and blasted the attack, throwing the Federal troops back in great confusion. Grant realized that Lee could neither be flanked or routed on this battlefield. He resolved once more to maneuver and soon moved east and south toward Richmond. As he had promised, Grant would "take no backward steps."
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
1. Spotsylvania Campaign Marker
Erected by United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service.
Location. 38° 12.861′ N, 77° 36.461′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Anderson Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located beyond stop four (Harrison House) on the driving tour of Spotsylvania Battlefield unit of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. 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 Spotsylvania Campaign (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Earthworks
(a few steps from this marker); Grant's May 18th Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee's Last Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harrison House Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lee to the Rear! (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Harrison House (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
By Craig Swain
2. Lee's Last Line Tour Stop
Not listed as one of the numbered stops on the tour, Lee's Last line features two of the Department of Interior panels with associated map. Additionally two more recent interpretive markers and a reconstruction of the earthworks are nearby. The stop is at the end of Anderson Drive.
Also see . . . Lee's Last Line. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
3. Last Spotsylvania Operations
After May 12, 1864, Grant maneuvered farther eastward and southward. On May 18 he doubled back to strike Ewell, but the Confederates were alert and easily defeated the attack. Grant then resumed his leftward movement. Late on May 19, Ewell, following the shifting Federals across the Ny River, was sharply repulsed at the Harris Farm. Grant now widened his arc and quit Spotsylvania altogether. Though indecisive tactically, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania operations were the beginning of Lee's ultimate collapse.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 545 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.