Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The small earthen mounds extending at right angles from the trenches are called traverses. They served two purposes: to protect against flanking artillery fire and to provide a new defensive front should enemy infantry pierce the line.
By 1864 the armies routinely constructed field fortifications displaying incredible effort and engineering skill. An elaborate defensive system could be built overnight. These earthworks incorporated logs as well as dirt and originally measured four to six feet in height. Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield contains outstanding examples of the soldiers’ entrenching prowess.
Location. 38° 17.527′ N, 77° 43.478′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Orange Plank Road (County Route 621), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located at stop four of the Widow Tapp Farm hiking trail. 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 The Texans Attack (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Widow Tapp House (about 500 feet away); Texas (about 500 feet away); Lee to the rear! (about 600 feet away); Widow Tapp’s Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crisis in Tapp Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); In The Nick of Time (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee-to-the-Rear (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. The bottom portion of the marker features a picture with the caption, This wartime sketch depicts Federal soldiers building earthworks during the Battle of the Wilderness.
Also see . . . Battle of the Wilderness. (Submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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