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

Heth’s Salient

The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse

 
 
Heth’s Salient Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2013
1. Heth’s Salient Marker
Inscription. With the fighting at the Bloody Angle at an impasse, Grant and Lee looked elsewhere for opportunities to attack. Coincidentally, both men turned their attention to Heth’s Salient, here on the eastern face of the Muleshoe. Grant sought a weak point in the Confederate defenses, while Lee hoped that an attack here might relieve pressure on Confederate troops fighting at the Bloody Angle.

The two sides unexpectedly collided in these woods. A wild scramble ensued. Men threw one another to the ground, brained each other with the butts of their rifles, and exchanged shots at point-blank range. In 30 minutes it was over. The Confederates straggled back to their line with 800 prisoners in tow. The Federals licked their wounds and dug in. The earthworks that they built line this road.

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Men of the 17th Michigan, who lost heavily in the attack on Heth’s Salient. Courtesy Charles T. Joyce

Heth’s Salient was a sharp turn in the Confederate works defended by General Henry Heth’s (pronounced “Heath”) division.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location. 38° 12.837′ N, 77° 35.248′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia
Heth’s Salient Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2013
2. Heth’s Salient Marker
, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Burnside Drive 0.7 miles south of Gordon Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch 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. 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment (here, next to this marker); The Ninth Corps (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (approx. half a mile away); Heth's Salient Battle Site (approx. half a mile away); Containing the Enemy, Reclaiming the Works (approx. half a mile away); Fighting for Time (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Fredericksburg Road (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
Also see . . .  Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. (Submitted on June 24, 2013.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Remains of earthworks near the marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 6, 2014
3. Remains of earthworks near the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 24, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on April 7, 2014, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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