Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Higgerson Farm
The Battle of the Wilderness
— Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park —
When the Federals trampled her fence and garden, Permelia Higgerson emerged from her house, berated the Yankees, and predicted their quick repulse. “We didn’t pay much attention to what she said,” admitted a Pennsylvanian, “but the result proved that she was right.”
After a succession of bloody clashes in the distant woods, the Federals retreated back across this field. Mrs. Higgerson taunted them as they passed.
“At Chickamauga there was at least a rear, but here there ain’t neither front nor rear. It’s all a ----------- mess! And our two armies ain’t nothin but howlin’ mobs!”
- A Confederate prisoner to his captors
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 5, 1862.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wilderness Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away); "A Wild, Wicked Roar" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Saunders Field (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Capture of Winslow's Battery (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Fighting Ends in Stalemate (approx. 0.7 miles away); Struggle on the Orange Plank Road (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle of the Wilderness (approx. 0.7 miles away); Clash on the Orange Turnpike (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
More about this marker. The marker features a picture of Union soldiers making their way through the Higgerson garden on the left, and a photograph of the Higgerson farm house on the right. The upper right is a picture of Permelia Higgerson, the woman who confronted the Union soldiers in her yard.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 8, 2008. This page has been viewed 2,683 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on September 5, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on May 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.