Todds Tavern in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
March to Spotsylvania
—Lee vs. Grant - The 1864 Campaign —
Grant's men began their march to Spotsylvania after dark, May 7, 1864. The Fifth and Second Corp took the Brock Road (the same route you have been traveling); the Sixth and Ninth Corps followed roads farther to the east. Unknown to Grant, Lee's army was headed to Spotsylvania too. The outcome of the campaign would hinge on which army reached the town first.
(Sidebar, copy of orders to General Meade from General Grant):
Headquarters Armies of the United States
May 7, 1864--6.30 a.m.
Commanding Army of the Potomac:
General: Make all preparations during the day for a night march, to take position at Spotsylvania Court-House...
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 14.849′ N, 77° 40.119′ W. Marker is in Todds Tavern, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Brock Road (County Route 613) and Catharpin Road (County Route 612), on the right when traveling south on Brock Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Todd’s Tavern (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Todd’s Tavern (here, next to this marker); Lafayette at Corbin’s Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Piney Branch School (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Todds Tavern.
More about this marker. In the center is a portrait of Richard H. Anderson, Confederate General who lead the march to Spotsylvania. On the right is a map depicting the movements described in the text.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Todd's Tavern. National Park Service summary of the battle and driving tour. (Submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Civil War Trails – Lee vs. Grant: The 1864 Overland Campaign Tour. (Submitted on March 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,091 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 2, 3. submitted on . 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.