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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Longstreet Felled

The Battle of the Wilderness

Longstreet Felled marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
1. Longstreet Felled marker
This marker describes the wounding of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet on May 6, 1864, during the Battle of the Wilderness. He was shot by his own troops only a few miles from where Lt. Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson was mortally wounded, also by friendly fire.
Inscription. It was the most successful day of James Longstreet’s career. He had arrived on the Wilderness battlefield early in the day to find the Confederate army in full retreat and in danger of being destroyed. His troops had prevented disaster. Now, at midday, he had just launched a flank attack that knocked the Union army back in confusion.

As Longstreet galloped down the road at the head of his victorious troops – near this spot – he inadvertently rode between two Confederate lines maneuvering in the dense roadside foliage. One of them fired a volley. A bullet struck Longstreet in the throat; another killed his subordinate Micah Jenkins, riding at his side.

Like “Stonewall” Jackson a year before, Longstreet had been felled by his own men. Unlike Jackson, Longstreet would survive. But his wounding here, on May 6, stalled the Confederate advance. By the time Lee was able to revive it, the opportunity for victory had passed.

…I shall not soon forget the sadness in [General Lee’s] face, and the almost despairing movement of his hands, when he was told that Longstreet had fallen.
Captain Francis W. Dawson, Longstreet’s staff
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Longstreet Felled Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
2. Longstreet Felled Marker
The "Longstreet Felled" marker is one of a set of three at this location.
38° 17.877′ N, 77° 42.877′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection 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 Military Park, 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. Flank Attack! (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. In the background of the marker, This image portrays the moment of Longstreet’s wounding. Longstreet is at center; he would lose the use of his right arm for life.
Also see . . .  Battle of the Wilderness. National Park Service site provides links to a summary of the campaign, maps for driving and walking tours, and additional photos of the battlefield. (Submitted on February 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,509 times since then and 103 times this year. Last updated on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. Photos:   1, 2. 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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