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

A.P. Hill Escapes Capture

The Battle of the Wilderness

 
 
A.P. Hill Escapes Capture Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 9, 2009
1. A.P. Hill Escapes Capture Marker
Inscription. On the morning of May 6, General A.P. Hill stretched his battle lines across the Chewning farm, closing a dangerous gap in the Confederate line. Before Hill's troops arrived, a Union regiment broke into the clearing from the east, startling the general and his staff. Hill calmly directed his men, "Mount, walk your horses, and don't look back." They did, avoiding capture. As soon as his men were out of danger, Hill sent for a brigade and retook the clearing.

Later that day General Lee conferred with Hill on the front porch of the Chewning house, located directly in front of you. As the two generals spoke, staff officers peered through a hole cut in the roof and spotted large numbers of Union guns heading south, toward Spotsylvania Court House. After two days of fighting in the Wilderness, Grant was moving on. Lee would follow.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 17.587′ N, 77° 44.662′ W. Marker is near Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Hill-Ewell Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at stop five (Chewning Farm) on the driving tour of the
Markers at the Chewning House Site Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 9, 2009
2. Markers at the Chewning House Site
Wilderness Battlefield. The marker is on the Chewning House Trail, and stands next to the Old Parker Store Road traces. Marker is in this post office area: Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Key Terrain (here, next to this marker); Wilderness Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Chewning Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Wilderness Campaign (approx. 0.8 miles away); Crisis in the Wilderness (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Wilderness Campaign (approx. one mile away); The Widow Tapp House (approx. one mile away); Lee-to-the-Rear (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a portrait of A.P. Hill. On the right is a drawing of The Chewning Farm ("Mount View") as it looked at the time of the Civil War.
 
Also see . . .  Wilderness Battlefield. National Park Service page. (Submitted on May 18, 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 894 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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