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Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gordon's Flank Attack

 
 
Gordon's Flank Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
1. Gordon's Flank Attack Marker
Inscription. The right flank of the Union line rested here in the early evening of May 6. Two Union brigades occupied this area with the benefit of neither strong works nor substantial artillery support. Suddenly, the Rebel yell echoed through the forest. North Carolinians and Virginians joined Gordon's men boiling through the thick woods to your right and front. Union General Alexander Shaler recalled that "the enemy moved against us in front, on the flank, and in the rear, completely enveloping us in fire." The Federals fell back in disarray, leaving Shaler and General Truman Seymour as prisoners of war. Would Gordon's attack lead to victory in the Wilderness?
 
Location. 38° 19.578′ N, 77° 45.841′ 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 7 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. Gordon's Attack Falters (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fighting on the Evening of May 5, 1864
Gordon Flank Attack Trail - Stop 7 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
2. Gordon Flank Attack Trail - Stop 7
(about 800 feet away); John Gordon Proposes a Flank Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morning of May 6 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Federals Fall Back (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Culpeper Mine Road (approx. half a mile away); The Confederate Defense (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Gordon's Flank Attack (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
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.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Federal Trenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
3. Federal Trenches
Federal Trenches manned by the men of Wright's Division extended through this section of the battlefield. Later when the Federals were driven out, the Confederates converted these lines to face east as a secondary line of works.
Federal Lines and Gordon's Axis of Advance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
4. Federal Lines and Gordon's Axis of Advance
The trail parallels the Federal lines, on the left, and traces the general axis of advance used by Gordon's attack.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 823 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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