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

“If It Takes All Summer”

The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse

 
 
“If It Takes All Summer” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2013
1. “If It Takes All Summer” Marker
Inscription. While the May 12 combat at the Bloody Angle marked the height of the Spotsylvania fighting, it was not the end of it. For nine more days, the Army of the Potomac hovered around the village, looking for opportunities to strike. Finding Lee heavily entrenched at Laurel Hill and the Muleshoe Salient, Grant began shifting his army across the Fredericksburg Road, to your left. Lee responded by moving elements of his army across the road as well.

The two sides clashed three more times at Spotsylvania—at Myers Hill on May 14, at the Harrison house on May 18, and at Harris farm on May 19—each time without decisive result. On May 21, Grant abandoned his efforts to drive Lee from Spotsylvania Court House and started for the North Anna River, 20 miles south. It was there, along the North Anna’s muddy banks, that the next act of the bloody drama would unfold.

I…propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.
General Ulysses Grant, USA

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In an effort to locate Grant’s right flank, Lee on May 19 sent his Second Corps on a reconnaissance toward the Fredericksburg Road, sparking a battle on the Harris farm.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location.
“If It Takes All Summer” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2013
2. “If It Takes All Summer” Marker
38° 12.672′ N, 77° 34.642′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Burnside Drive north of Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 208), on the right when traveling south. 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. The Fredericksburg Road (here, next to this marker); Heth's Salient Battle Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment (approx. 0.6 miles away); Heth’s Salient (approx. 0.6 miles away); Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Ninth Corps (approx. 0.8 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
 
View from Beverly house looking toward Spotsylvania Court House. image. Click for full size.
By Timothy H. O'Sullivan, May 19, 1864
3. View from Beverly house looking toward Spotsylvania Court House.
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-cwpb-00345]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 10 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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