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

Fighting for Time

 

—Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —

 
Fighting for Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 29, 2009
1. Fighting for Time Marker
Inscription. Throughout May 12, Confederates here waged a battle for critical minutes and hours. When Union troops swarmed over the east face of the Muleshoe Salient before dawn, Robert E. Lee knew instantly that the position – even if regained temporarily – could not be held permanently. But to build a new line farther to the rear, he needed time.

Though driven away in the first hour of the battle, the Confederates fought their way back into these works by 7 a.m. For the rest of the day they weathered repeated attacks, as Union troops built ragged, impromptu works to their front in an effort to close on the Confederate position. The fighting here transformed the landscape; the scars remain.

Ultimately the Confederates held this line long enough for Lee to establish a new line, a mile behind you. The cost: hundreds killed and wounded, all for nothing more substantial than ticks on the clock and a few inches of ravaged landscape.
 
Erected 2009 by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 13.247′ N, 77° 35.605′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Gordon
Close up of the photograph and overlay image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2014
2. Close up of the photograph and overlay
Drive and Grant Drive, on the left when traveling north on Gordon Drive. Click for map. Located on a pull-over where Gordon Drive becomes Grant Drive, at tour stop six 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. A Mass Capture (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Confederate Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Containing the Enemy, Reclaiming the Works (approx. ¼ mile away); Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. ¼ mile away); Dawn Assault (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fatal Mistake at the East Angle (approx. 0.3 miles away); The McCoull House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is an aerial photograph of the area. A dotted line at the bottom of the marker indicates the new line Lee was building to the south.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Fighting for Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 29, 2009
3. Fighting for Time Marker
Fighting for Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 29, 2009
4. Fighting for Time Marker
Section of the remaining earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2014
5. Section of the remaining earthworks
These works are on the east side of the salient.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 822 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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