Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
her sons who served at the Wilderness
May 6, 1864
From near this spot the Texas Brigade
pleaded with General Lee not to
expose himself to Federal fire and
then after seeing him to safety,
launched a vigorous counterattack
that stemmed the advance of Hancock's
Corps and saved the right flank of
the Confederate army. Of approximately
800 troops involved the Texas Brigade
counted over 500 casualties.
Texas troops at the Wilderness were
1st Texas Infantry Regiment, Lt. Col.
E.S. Bass, 4th Texas Infantry Regiment,
Col. J.P. Bane; 5th Texas Infantry
Regiment, Lt. Col. K. Bryan, the Texas
Brigade included the Third Arkansas
(Brig. Gen. John Gregg's Texas Brigade
Maj. Gen. Charles W. Field's Division,
Lt. Gen. James Longstreet's Corps).
At the Wilderness
"Who are you my boys?" Lee cried as he
saw them gathering.
"Texas boys," they yelled, their number
multiplying every second.
The Texans - Hood's Texans, of
place and at the right moment! After
the strain of the dawn, the sight of
these grenadier guards of the South
was too much for Lee. For once the
dignity of the Commanding General was
shattered for once his poise was shaken.
"Hurrah for Texas," he shouted, waving
his hat, "Hurrah for Texas."
The willing veterans sprang into
position...He would lead them in the
countercharge...He spurred... Traveller
...on the heels of the infantry men.
..."Go back, General Lee. Go back!"
..."we won't go on unless you go back!"
-Douglas Southall Freeman
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 17.468′ N, 77° 43.392′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Orange Plank Road (County Route 621), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22551, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee to the rear! (a few steps from this marker); Lee to the Rear! (within shouting distance of this marker); Brink of Victory (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Col. James D. Nance (about 700 feet away); The Home of Widow Tapp (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Widow Tapp HouseIn The Nick of Time (approx. 0.2 miles away); In the Nick of Time (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. One of a set of Texas Civil War Memorials
Also see . . . General Lee To The Rear!. An account appearing in the Southern Historical Society Papers, from 1880, by J. William Jones. (Submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
1. Texas Civil War Monuments
This marker is one of 19 monuments placed by the State of Texas on battlefields across the nation, preserving the memories of the contributions made by the state’s military units during the Civil War.
In 1961 the Texas Civil War Centennial Commission and the Texas State Historical Survey Committee initiated this commemorative series of granite monuments by dedicating the first and largest of the original Centennial monuments at Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi. Over the next three years monuments were also placed in the towns of Pea Ridge , Arkansas and Anthony, Texas (for the Arizona-New Mexico campaign) and at the following battlefields: Chickamauga, Georgia; Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia; Mansfield, Louisiana; Antietam, Maryland; Bentonville, North Carolina; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Fort Donelson, Tennessee; Shiloh, Tennessee; and The Wilderness, Virginia.
Starting in 1998, the Texas Historical Commission continued the work begun in 1961 by the Centennial Commission and the Historical Survey Committee by placing granite monuments at other Civil War battlefields. As of 2017, monuments have been placed at the battlefields of Galveston, Texas (1998); Raymond, Mississippi (2002); Rowlett’s Station, Kentucky (2008); Richmond, Kentucky (2009); Corinth, Mississippi (2010); Gaines Mill, Virginia(2012); and Second Manassas, Virginia (2012).
The Texas Historical Commission plans to place a monument at the battlefield of Glorieta Pass, New Mexico.
(Source: Texas Historical Commission, 2015)
NOTE: The links above will take you the HMdb record for the Texas Monument of that battle or campaign.
— Submitted July 17, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,271 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on September 9, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1. submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on March 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.