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Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Culpeper Mine Road
 
The Culpeper Mine Road Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
1. The Culpeper Mine Road Marker
 
Inscription. The road trace in front of you is the Culpeper Mine Road, typical of the woods trails that composed the primitive transportation network in the Wilderness. Even a path like this possessed military significance, and Confederate troops from the famous Stonewall Brigade guarded the road near this point. The Union army resumed its attacks against this portion of the Rebel line about 3:00 p.m. May 5. "It was impossible to see the enemy," remembered a New Jersey chaplain, "and though we peered through the thick woods, we were fighting invisible foemen." None of these assaults achieved success, and the battle again evolved into the roar of static, but constant musketry.
 
Location. 38° 19.187′ N, 77° 45.706′ W. Marker is near Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Constitution Highway (State Highway 20), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is in Wilderness Battlefield at stop 3 of the Gordon Flank Attack trail, near Driving Tour Stop Two (the Exhibit Shelter). Marker is in this post office area: Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Confederate Defense (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morning of May 6 (approx. mile away); 140th New York State Vols. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of the Wilderness (approx. 0.3 miles away); “A Wild, Wicked Roar” (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Confederate Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Blood in Saunders Field (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gordon Flank Attack Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
Gordon Flank Attack Trail - Stop 3 Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
2. Gordon Flank Attack Trail - Stop 3
 

 
More about this marker. The upper half of the marker displays a battle map indicating positions of the forces engaged and the important roads.
 
Also see . . .  Gordon Flank Attack Trail. National Park Service page detailing the Gordon Flank Attack Trail. (Submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Culpeper Mine Road Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
3. Culpeper Mine Road
In places the road is now little more than a path through the woods.
 
 
Culpeper Mine Road Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
4. Culpeper Mine Road
Further to the east, the old road bed has been widened and is frequently used for access to the trail.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 968 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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