Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of the Wilderness
Later on May 5, men of the Union Second Corps launched attacks westward from these earthworks. They did not get far. About 200 yards behind you, they crashed into Hill's line, entrenched among the leaves. For the next five hours, fighting raged in these woods. Neither side gained an advantage. Thousands fell. May 6 promised a bloody renewal of the contest for the Plank Road-Brock Road intersection.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 18.037′ N, 77° 42.564′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Orange Plank Road (County Route 621) and Brock Road (County Route 613), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Horror on the Orange Plank Road (a few steps from this marker); Echoes Homeward (within shouting distance of this marker); Hell Itself (within shouting distance of this marker); The Climax (within shouting distance of this marker); No Turning Back (within shouting distance of this marker); On to Richmond! (within shouting distance of this marker); 12th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers 1862 - 1865 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Vermont Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a drawing of Federal troops fighting in the Wilderness. On the right is a photo of The Orange Plank Road soon after the war. Note the tangled growth along the roadside, which made fighting in this region especially difficult.
Also see . . . Battle of Wilderness. National Park Service site provides links to a summary of the campaign, maps for driving and walking (Submitted on January 26, 2008, 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 1,240 times since then and 7 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.