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

Confederate Breakthrough

 
 
Confederate Breakthrough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2008
1. Confederate Breakthrough Marker
Inscription.  At about 7:00 a.m. on May 3, a dangerous gap in the Union line opened near the Orange Turnpike, 1/4 mile to your right. Federal troops on your right, led by Hiram Berry, retreated about 1/2 mile and established a new position. The blue-clad soldiers on your left under Brig. Gen. Joseph Revere, grandson of the Massachusetts patriot, did not withdraw in time. Three Confederate brigades swept across the ground in front of you and smashed into Revere's exposed flank. Separated from the rest of the division and short of ammunition, Revere made the controversial decision to march his men off the field.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1970.
 
Location. 38° 18.688′ N, 77° 38.671′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Plank Road / Germania Highway (State Highway 3), on the right when traveling west. Located at trail stop four on the Chancellorsville History Trail, at the Chancellorsville Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Chancellorsville History Trail - Stop Four image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2008
2. Chancellorsville History Trail - Stop Four
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marker. Junction of Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); Flanking of Hays' Brigade (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Union Army Escapes (about 600 feet away); Collis Zouaves (about 700 feet away); Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. ¼ mile away); Chancellorsville (approx. ¼ mile away); A Fatal Reconnaissance (approx. ¼ mile away); Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania Courthouse.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Chancellorsville. National Park Service site. (Submitted on October 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
The Wilderness image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2008
3. The Wilderness
Looking at a spot just east of the marker along the trail. The growth here is many generations removed from what it looked like at the time of the battle. Still the dense undergrowth restricts visibility. In this environment, it was easy for units to become confused and disconnected with adjacent units.
Section of Earthworks near the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2008
4. Section of Earthworks near the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 840 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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