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Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Saunders Field

Battle of the Wilderness

 
 
Saunders Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 9, 2009
1. Saunders Field Marker
Inscription. "The Last crop of the old field had been corn and among its stubble that day were sown the seeds of glory."
Morris Schaff, USA Staff

Tucked away in the Wilderness's trackless forest were several small clearings, where families with names like Higgerson, Chewning, and Tapp eked out a meager living tilling the region's thin soil. Saunders Field, which surrounds you, was an abandoned corn patch in 1864. With the arrival of the armies on May 5, it would become a brutal smoking killing field.

The Orange Turnpike - modern Route 20 - bisected Saunders Field. A major thoroughfare early in the 1800s, the turnpike later lost much of its traffic to the Orange Plank Road. By the time of the battle, it was a quiet country road that - by dint of war - would become world famous.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 19.045′ N, 77° 45.374′ W. Marker is near Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on Constitution Highway (State Highway 20), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located at stop two of the driving tour of Wilderness Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Saunders Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 9, 2009
2. Saunders Field Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fighting Ends in Stalemate (a few steps from this marker); Struggle on the Orange Plank Road (a few steps from this marker); Battle of the Wilderness (a few steps from this marker); Clash on the Orange Turnpike (a few steps from this marker); Collision of Giants (a few steps from this marker); The Wilderness (a few steps from this marker); Gordon Flank Attack Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); First Blood in Saunders Field (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photo of Saunders Field in 1866. A military cemetery is visible near the woodline; burials there were later removed to Fredericksburg.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of the Wilderness. National Park Service site. (Submitted on May 16, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Saunders Field image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 9, 2009
3. Saunders Field
Looking across the highway at the south half of Saunders Field. During the fighting on May 5, a Federal battery advanced into the field, but soon discovered their assigned position provided a very poor field of fire. Unable to withdraw before Confederate infantry counterattacked, the battery was lost. A single field piece, seen here, represents the battery at that position.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,661 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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