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Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of the Wilderness

 
 
Battle of the Wilderness Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
1. Battle of the Wilderness Marker
Inscription. Ewell's Corps, the left wing of Lee's Army, moving down this road from Orange, came into conflict near here with Warren's Corps of Grant's Army, May 5, 1864. The fight moved to and fro until Ewell finally drove Warren back and entrenched here. Late the next afternoon, May 6, Ewell attacked the unionists. Meanwhile, two miles south on the Orange Plank Road, the right wing of Lee's Army was engaged with Grant's left wing.
 
Erected by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number JJ 20.)
 
Location. 38° 18.864′ N, 77° 46.146′ W. Marker is in Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on Constitution Highway (State Highway 20), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 34477 Constitution Highway, Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of the Wilderness (approx. half a mile away); The Culpeper Mine Road (approx. half a mile away); “A Wild, Wicked Roar” (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Confederate Line (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Confederate Defense
Battle of the Wilderness Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1993
2. Battle of the Wilderness Marker
Compare the background in this photo to those taken in 2007.
(approx. 0.6 miles away); 140th New York State Vols. (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Blood in Saunders Field (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gordon Flank Attack Trail (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania. National Park Service summary of the two battles, including links to walking and driving tours. (Submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. The Battle of the Wilderness. Resource page for the Wilderness. Links to copies of official reports. (Submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battle of the Wilderness Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
3. Battle of the Wilderness Marker
The point of view is looking west down Constitution Highway (the old Orange Turnpike) in the direction from which Ewell's Corps arrived.
East Down the Orange Turnpike image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
4. East Down the Orange Turnpike
Looking east from the marker location, down the modern Constitution Highway, in the direction of Warren's Federal Corps line of march. Warren's lead elements started to skirmish here with Ewell's lead troops. That skirmish developed into a full blown battle. In turn that battle beget an eleven-month campaign ending at Appomattox.
Ewell's Trenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
5. Ewell's Trenches
Trenches extend throughout the surrounding area. The best preserved are on the National Park Service ground, however. And unfortunately many were lost due to erosion, effects of time, and development. These trenches, just under a mile east of the marker, were used by Ewell's Corps on May 5-6, 1864.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,245 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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