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

Wilderness Campaign

 
 
Wilderness Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
1. Wilderness Campaign Marker
Inscription. May 5, 1864. Since Longstreet's Corps was still on the way from encampment near Gordonsville, Lee began this battle with only two of his three corps. Keeping Ewell on the defensive in the Orange Turnpike sector, he pushed A.P. Hill's Corps eastward along the Plank Road to seize Grant's route of march, the Brock Road. Getty's Division and Hancock's Corps foiled the Confederate thrust. When darkness ended the struggle, Hill's exhausted troops in this vicinity awaited relief from Longstreet's men and made little effort to entrench. Longstreet did not arrive until the next morning. Confederate trench remains on this front represent later improvements.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior - National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 17.658′ N, 77° 43.184′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Hill-Ewell Drive and Orange Plank Road (County Route 621), on the right when traveling south on Hill-Ewell Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22551, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James S. Wadsworth (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Col. James D. Nance
Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
2. Battle Map
Note the north seeking arrow on both maps points to the lower right.

Morning of May 5, 1864
Attempting to turn Lee, the Federals found themselves across his path. Crawford's Division of Warren's Corps was pulled back from its route to Parker's Store as Warren struck Ewell on the Turnpike. Here in the Plank Road sector, while Hill advanced toward the Brock, Getty's Division of Sedgwick's Corps rushed southward about midday to seize the vital Brock-Plank intersection.

Morning of May 6, 1864
On the Turnpike neither side gained advantage during the morning. Here on the Orange Plank Road, however, Hancock routed Hill, only to be stopped by Longstreet's timely arrival. Longstreet then flanked Hancock's forces back to the Brock Road. Both sides strongly entrenched on May 6 and 7.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Widow Tapp’s Field (approx. 0.3 miles away); Crisis in Tapp Field (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Texans Attack (approx. 0.3 miles away); Texas (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lee to the rear! (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Earthworks (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
More about this marker. A map panel stands next to the marker, detailing the battle on May 5 and 6, 1864.
 
Also see . . .  Wilderness Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Wilderness Campaign Marker and Map Panel image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
3. Wilderness Campaign Marker and Map Panel
Confederate Trenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
4. Confederate Trenches
The Confederate trenches in this sector were constructed on May 6.
Shallow Trenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
5. Shallow Trenches
The trenches near the intersection of the park tour road with the Orange Plank Road are somewhat shallower compared to those in other sectors. The brick wall in the background is the entrance to a housing subdivision on the south side of the Plank Road.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,033 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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