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

“The Toughest Fight Yet”

The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse

 
 
”The Toughest Fight Yet” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2013
1. ”The Toughest Fight Yet” Marker
Inscription. Artist Alfred R. Waud sketched these Union soldiers under fire here on May 12, 1864. Leeís counterattacks had driven the Union troops out of the Muleshoe, and here they are shown under cover on the outside of the Confederate trenches. Waudís perspective was just a few feet from where you are now standing. It is the most immediate depiction of the fighting near the Bloody Angle that day. Waud labeled his sketch, “The toughest fight yet.”

In the image, the fighting rages most intensely to the right, the white smoke marks what would become known as the Bloody Angle. Amid the smoke stands a baffle-scarred oak, 22 inches in diameter, which would fall later in the day, cut down by small- arms fire. In the foreground, Union troops huddle up against the Confederate works amidst the carnage of earlier fighting.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location. 38° 13.428′ N, 77° 35.944′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Grant Drive north of Anderson Drive, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
”The Toughest Fight Yet” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2013
2. ”The Toughest Fight Yet” Marker
distance of this marker. Struggle for the Bloody Angle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); 15th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); 49th New York Infantry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spotsylvania Campaign (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (about 300 feet away); Fatal Mistake at the East Angle (about 300 feet away); Dawn Assault (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
Also see . . .  Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. (Submitted on June 24, 2013.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The toughest fight yet. The fight for the salient image. Click for full size.
By Alfred R. Waud, May 12, 1864
3. The toughest fight yet. The fight for the salient
Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-5969]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 441 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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