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

Spotsylvania Campaign

 
 
Missing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
1. Missing Marker
This marker was replaced in the recent past. If you have a photo of the marker you would like to share, we would appreciate it. Please use the "add photo" link above.
Inscription. May 11-12, 1864. About two hundred yards southward stood the Harrison House where Lee gave his momentous order to Ewell, on the evening of May 11, to remove the artillery from the Salient. Lee pitched his tent in the Harrison House vicinity. Early the next morning, riding forward through the wet and misty woodland toward the rattle of infantry fire, he learned of the break in his lines. The final line across the Salient, to which the Confederates retreated on May 13, ran just behind the Harrison House.
 
Erected by United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 13.051′ N, 77° 36.168′ W. Marker was near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker was at the intersection of Gordon Drive and Anderson Drive, on the right when traveling west on Gordon Drive. Click for map. Located at tour stop four (The Harrison House) on the driving tour of Spotsylvania Battlefield unit of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Marker was 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 location. The Harrison House (within shouting distance of
The Harrison House Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. The Harrison House Site
Seen from the marker location. The Harrison farm and house stood around the copse of trees in the open field.
this marker); Lee to the Rear! (within shouting distance of this marker); Harrison House Site (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ramseur's Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee's Last Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mayhem in the Muleshoe (approx. ¼ mile away); The McCoull House (approx. ¼ mile away); Upton’s Assault (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
More about this marker. This was an older marker placed at the battlefield in the 1950s, but was replaced recently by a more modern "wayside" type exhibit. These and similar old markers are called "Happel panels" after Ralph Happel, a historian who wrote the text.
 
Also see . . .  Harrison House. Page from Robert Koch's site detailing the Harrison House, featuring both wartime and modern photographs of the area. The text for the marker was transcribed from Mr. Koch's web site. (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Harrison House Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Harrison House Site
The foundation piles are all that remain of Harrison House.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 809 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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