Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of the Wilderness
At 11 a.m., Longstreet’s men surged through the woods ahead of you screaming the rebel yell. Panic gripped the Union army. One after another, Northern soldiers broke ranks and fled through the brush toward the Brock Road, one-half mile to your left. Within minutes, the entire left wing of the Union army was in tatters. Back at the Brock Road, General Winfield Scott Hancock strove to rally the fragments of his shattered command. But would he have time?
Colonel Sorrel, it was splendid; we shall smash them now.
General Micah Jenkins, Confederate staff officer
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 17.877′ N, 77° 42.877′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection Click for map. Marker is in the Wilderness Battlefield section of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Battlefield, on Orange Plank Road (Route 621), about 1/2 mile west of Brock Road (Route 613). Located at stop seven of the driving tour of the Wilderness Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22551, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Longstreet Felled (here, next to this marker); Burying the Dead (here, next to this marker); James S. Wadsworth (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Vermont Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hell Itself (approx. 0.3 miles away); Horror on the Orange Plank Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Valuable Crossroads (approx. 0.3 miles away); Echoes Homeward (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a drawing titled Union troops resist Longstreet's attack, May 6, 1864.
Also see . . . Battle of the Wilderness. National Park Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on February 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,291 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.