Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Confederate Line
—Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —
Remains of those hog pens survive beyond the main earthwork in front of you. After the fighting here on May 12, the Union army incorporated the Confederate-built works into their own line. Today the combined works make up an almost incomprehensible tangle - one that makes little sense to a military scientist, but one that made perfect sense to men struggling for life under fire.
"Keeping around the western end of [the woods], we came to a strange medley of intrenchments, which it would have required an engineer to unravel and understand. Here Grant's works had been pushed up against Lee's, swallowing them as one wave swallows another."
a battlefield visitor, 1866
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
Location. Click for map. Located on the East Face of the Salient trail at tour stop six (East Face) 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. Spotsylvania Campaign (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (about 400 feet away); A Mass Capture (about 600 feet away); Dawn Assault (about 800 feet away); Fatal Mistake at the East Angle (about 800 feet away); Fighting for Time (approx. 0.2 miles away); "The Toughest Fight Yet" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Struggle for the Bloody Angle (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. The background of the photograph is an aerial photograph of the works. From the air, the Muleshoe Salient's trenches have the appearance of a huge centipede with legs on both left and right. The "legs" on the right are traverses built by Confederate troops prior to May 12, those on the left were added by the Union
Also see . . . East Face of Salient. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on August 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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