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

Flank Attack!

The Battle of the Wilderness

Flank Attack! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
1. Flank Attack! Marker
This marker describes the flank attack made by the troops of Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet against those of Union Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock during the Battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864.
Inscription. These woods saw some of the heaviest fighting of the Battle of the Wilderness. On May 5, then again on May 6, 1864 ragged Union and Confederate battle lines surged back and forth on both sides of the Orange Plank Road. The stalemate here finally broke late on the morning of May 6, when Confederate General James Longstreet managed to move troops opposite the Union left flank, in front of you.

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
A set of three markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
2. A set of three markers
Flank Attack! is one of three markers at this location along the auto tour road of the Wilderness Battlefield.
of Orange Plank Road (Virginia Route 621) and Wilderness Park Drive, on the right when traveling east on Orange Plank Road. 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
Battle Map of Longstreet's flank attack image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
3. Battle Map of Longstreet's flank attack
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.
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