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

McGowan's Brigade

 
 
McGowan's Brigade Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 9, 2009
1. McGowan's Brigade Monument
Inscription. (Front):
South Carolina
McGowan's Brigade
Brig. Gen. Samuel McGowan

1st S.C. Infantry
Col. Comillus W. McCreary

Orr's Rifles
Lt. Col. George McD. Miller

12th S.C. Infantry
Maj. Thomas F. Clyburne

13th S.C. Infantry
Col. Benjamin T. Brockman

14th S.C. Infantry
Col. Joseph N. Brown

(Back):
"The Bloody Angle"
In the rainy gloom of May 12, 1864, Brigadier
General Samuel McGowan's brigade of South
Carolinians battled their way into the disputed
earthworks here, near the apex of the Muleshoe
Salient. For eighteen hours the 1,300 South
Carolinians defended these works against
relentless attacks by thousands of Federals,
sometimes engaging in hand-to-hand fighting.
By battle's end, 451 men of the brigade were
killed, wounded, or missing. The slight angle in
the works they defended would forever be
known as the Bloody Angle.

To the brave and heroic men of
McGowan's Brigade
this monument is dedicated
Erected by the State of South Carolina and the
Brig. Gen. Samuel McGowan Camp 40
Sons of Confederate Veterans of
Laurens County, South Carolina, 2009

 
Erected 2009 by State of South Carolina.
 
Marker series.
Back of Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 9, 2009
2. Back of Monument
This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
 
Location. 38° 13.392′ N, 77° 36.007′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Click for map. Located 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. Spotsylvania Campaign (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (a few steps from this marker); 49th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 15th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); Aftermath (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); Struggle for the Bloody Angle (within shouting distance of this marker); Bloody Angle, Crowded Ravine (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
Also see . . .
1. General Samuel McGowan. Brief biography of the general. (Submitted on May 16, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Monument Dedication. News
Monument Prior to Unveiling Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 9, 2009
3. Monument Prior to Unveiling
item discussing the monument dedication. (Submitted on May 16, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,344 times since then and 72 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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