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

Lee-to-the-Rear

 
 
Lee-to-the-Rear Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
1. Lee-to-the-Rear Marker
This is the last in a series of markers along a walking trail on the Tapp Field. It can be reached from a parking lot off the Orange Plank Road.
Inscription. Many accounts relate the story of General Lee’s personal attempt to lead the charge of the Texas Brigade. No two versions entirely agree and we may never know which details belong to history and which belong to mythology.

Colonel Charles S. Venable, an officer on Lee’s staff, witnessed the event and wrote about it soon after the war:
Much moved by the greeting of these brave men and their magnificent behavior, General Lee spurred his horse through an opening in the trenches and followed close on their line as it moved rapidly forward. The men did not perceive that he was going with them until they had advanced some distance in the charge; when they did, there came from the entire line, as it rushed on, the cry, “Go back, General Lee! Go back!.... We won’t go on unless you go back!” A sergeant seized his bridle rein. Just then I called his attention to General Longstreet, who sat on his horse on a knoll to the right of the Texans. He yielded with evident reluctance to the entreaties of his men and rode up to Longstreet’s position.
 
Location. 38° 17.41′ N, 77° 43.576′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Orange Plank Road (Virginia Route 621), on the right when traveling
Lee-to-the-Rear and other markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
2. Lee-to-the-Rear and other markers
The "Lee-to-the-Rear" marker on the Tapp Field is next to the "In The Nick of Time" marker on the walking trail.
west. Touch for map. The marker is located at stop two along a walking trail on the Tapp Field. It can be reached from a parking lot off the Orange Plank Road. 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. In The Nick of Time (here, next to this marker); Crisis in the Wilderness (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wilderness Campaign (about 500 feet away); The Widow Tapp House (about 600 feet away); Confederate Earthworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Texans Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee to the rear! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
More about this marker. The marker is dominated by a painting by Don Troiani of General Lee leading his men in the charge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of the Wilderness. (Submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. General Lee To The Rear!. (Submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Stop Two on the Widow Tap Trail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Stop Two on the Widow Tap Trail
Widow Tapp Field image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
4. Widow Tapp Field
The walking trail explores the site of the Widow Tapp Farm.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,066 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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