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

Dawn Assault

The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse

 
 
Dawn Assault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2013
1. Dawn Assault Marker
Inscription. In the dank, pre-dawn light of May 12, 1864, Confederates huddled along these muddy works could hear the rumble of Union troops coming toward them. Moments later the first of 20,000 Union soldiers poured over the works like a wave, engaging Confederate defenders here in furious hand-to-hand combat.

Nearly 400 yards of the Confederate line fell into Union hands as the blue-clad masses surged even deeper into the Salient. The Union breakthrough here threatened Lee’s army. While Union troops pushed forward into the woods behind you, Lee scrambled to find troops to resist them. He needed time—time enough to build a new line farther to the rear.

Well aware of the crisis, Confederate troops contested the Union advance and then pushed it back, eventually recapturing the works near the Bloody Angle. For the rest of the day they stubbornly held on, buying Lee the time he so desperately needed.

The figures of the men seen dimly through the smoke and fog seemed almost gigantic, while the woods were lighted by the flashing of the guns and the sparkling of the musketry. The din was tremendous and increasing every instant.
Lieutenant George D. Buswell
33rd Virginia Infantry
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location.
Dawn Assault Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. Dawn Assault Marker
38° 13.444′ N, 77° 35.871′ 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 distance of this marker. Fatal Mistake at the East Angle (here, next to this marker); "The Toughest Fight Yet" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spotsylvania Campaign (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (about 500 feet away); Struggle for the Bloody Angle (about 500 feet away); The Confederate Earthworks (about 500 feet away); 15th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers (about 600 feet away); 49th New York Infantry (about 700 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
 
Northwest portion of the salient image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2014
3. Northwest portion of the salient
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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