Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Grant's May 18th Attack
—The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —
The ploy failed. Ewell's corps had not yet abandoned this portion of the line, and when Grant attacked on May 18 the Confederates greeted the Federals with 29 cannon. Trapped in the tangled abatis that fronted the Southern lines, the Federals became fodder for Ewell's guns. More than 1,200 Union soldiers fell in the short, ill-advised assault. Undaunted, Grant called off the attack and gain shifted east toward the Fredericksburg Road.
No attempt more completely failed ....
James L. Bowen
17th Massachusetts Infantry
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
Location. 38° 12.851′ N, 77° 36.471′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Anderson Drive 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. Civil War Earthworks (a few steps from this marker); Spotsylvania Campaign (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (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.
More about this marker. Across the lower half of the marker is a series of sketches making a panorama of the battlefield. Hancock's Second Corps charges Ewell's works in this pencil sketch by sketch-artist Alfred Waud. On the upper right is a map illustrating the tactical maneuvers discussed in the text.
Also see . . . Lee's Last Line. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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