Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Aftermath

The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse

 
 
Aftermath Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2013
1. Aftermath Marker
Inscription. At 2 a.m. on May 13, 1864, General Lee declared a new line of works a half mile behind you ready, and the Confederate troops in the trenches here quietly withdrew. They had bought the Confederacy what it most needed that day: time. But every minute had come at a fearful cost. Itís likely that as many as 17,000 men fell killed or wounded in the fighting at the Muleshoe Salient. It was the longest sustained combat of the Civil War.

“Piles of the dead” is often used as a figure of speech, but in the works abandoned by the rebels piles of dead literally and without exaggeration were lying in the compartments.... Two, three and four deep, tangled-up with each other, bodies and limbs intertwined, actual heaps of dead, their black and bloated faces upturned to the sky, in all manner of positions and decomposition already polluting the atmosphere with a horrible stench. It was such a picture of war, horrid war, as few people, even those who make a business of war, are permitted to witness. It would take the pen of a Victor Hugo to faithfully describe such a scene of death and carnage, such a hideous and appalling holocaust of human life.
Lieutenant Harvey B. Wells, 84th Pennsylvania Volunteers

(captions)
Captain Louis F. Waters of the 99th Pennsylvania Infantry was one of hundreds of Union
Aftermath Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2013
2. Aftermath Marker
soldiers to die at the Bloody Angle.

In June 1865, a burial party interred many of the Union dead at Spotsylvania Court House. These graves belong to soldiers killed in front of the Bloody Angle.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location. 38° 13.384′ N, 77° 36.035′ 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. McGowan's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Spotsylvania Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); 49th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); Bloody Angle, Crowded Ravine (within shouting distance of this marker); Attack on the Muleshoe (within shouting distance of this marker); The Muleshoe Salient (within shouting distance of this marker); 15th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). 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
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 361 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Paid Advertisement