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

Confederate Counterattack

The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse

 
 
Confederate Counterattack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2013
1. Confederate Counterattack Marker
Inscription. Confederate General Richard S. Ewell responded quickly to Uptonís breakthrough at Doleís Salient. Wading into the melee, he shouted to the outnumbered defenders: “Donít run, boys. I will have enough men here in five minutes to eat up every damned one of them!” Ewell was as good as his word. Within minutes, thousands of Confederate soldiers converged on this spot.

Although initially successful, Uptonís attack quickly turned into a fight for survival. Confederate lines coming across the fields behind you pressed against now-ragged Union battle lines. Without help, Uptonís men could not hold out for long. As darkness settled over the battlefield, the Southerners drove Uptonís men from the salient and recaptured the cannons they had lost earlier in the evening.

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Upton captured 950 Confederates in his initial charge. Union soldiers hurried the prisoners to the rear under a heavy fire.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location. 38° 13.273′ N, 77° 36.211′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Anderson Drive 0.2 miles west of Grant Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Confederate Counterattack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. Confederate Counterattack Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Uptonís Assault (here, next to this marker); Doles Salient (a few steps from this marker); Upton's Charge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ramseur's Brigade (about 500 feet away); Spotsylvania Campaign (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); McCoull Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Muleshoe Salient (approx. 0.2 miles 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
 
Rebel prisoners captured... image. Click for full size.
By Alfred R. Waud, May 1864
3. Rebel prisoners captured...
Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-5973]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 17 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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