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Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Vista Clearing at Spotsylvania

 
 
Vista Clearing at Spotsylvania Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
1. Vista Clearing at Spotsylvania Marker
Somewhat battered but still intact.
Inscription. Over a century has elapsed since the destiny of the nation was debated by arms at Spotsylvania. Many physical changes have altered the appearance of the battlefield during these years including the reclamation of old fields and pastures by an ever-encroaching forest. In 1978 the National Park Service began a vista clearing program aimed at restoring the historic scene at crucial points on the battlefield. Using documented evidence and careful methods to ensure preservation of existing historical features, this project allows park visitors to better understand the fighting and to view the terrain as the participants did in 1864.
 
Location. 38° 13.592′ N, 77° 35.903′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Grant Drive, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located on the Bloody Angle trail at tour stop three (Bloody Angle) 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. Dawn Assault (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fatal Mistake at the East Angle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Farm to Killing Field
Stop along the Bloody Angle Trail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
2. Stop along the Bloody Angle Trail
(approx. 0.2 miles away); The Landram House (approx. 0.2 miles away); "The Toughest Fight Yet" (approx. 0.2 miles away); 126th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Confederate Earthworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Struggle for the Bloody Angle (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
Also see . . .  Bloody Angle. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Generals Hancock and Wright Fighting for the Rebel Rifle-Pits image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
3. Generals Hancock and Wright Fighting for the Rebel Rifle-Pits
A reprint of a newspaper illustration is on a plaque next to the marker.
Restored Tree Line and Fields image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
4. Restored Tree Line and Fields
The results of roughly three decades of restoration and management are apparent. This view looks to the east from the marker location toward the tree line, where the Confederate defenses were anchored.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 756 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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