Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of the Wilderness
Gen. Samuel W. Crawford's division of the Union Fifth Corps held the Chewning farm on May 5, but it had to abandon the position to support Union troops fighting astride the Orange Turnpike. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's Ninth Corps tried to penetrate the gap the next morning but became bogged down in the heavy woods. By the time it reached the Chewning farm, the clearing was firmly in Confederate hands. The Union army's best chance for victory had vanished.
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 in Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Hill-Ewell Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A.P. Hill Escapes Capture (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 upper left are portraits of Generals Crawford and Burnside. To the right is a map of the situation described in the text.
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 1,024 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.