Near Spotsylvania Courthouse in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Brig. Gen. Samuel McGowan
1st S.C. Infantry
Col. Comillus W. McCreary
Lt. Col. George McD. Miller
12th S.C. Infantry
Maj. Thomas F. Clyburne
13th S.C. Infantry
Col. Benjamin T. Brockman
14th S.C. Infantry
Col. Joseph N. Brown
In the rainy gloom of May 12, 1864, Brigadier
General Samuel McGowan's brigade of South
Carolinians battled their way into the disputed
earthworks here, near the apex of the Muleshoe
Salient. For eighteen hours the 1,300 South
Carolinians defended these works against
relentless attacks by thousands of Federals,
sometimes engaging in hand-to-hand fighting.
By battle's end, 451 men of the brigade were
killed, wounded, or missing. The slight angle in
the works they defended would forever be
known as the Bloody Angle.
To the brave and heroic men of
this monument is dedicated
Erected by the State of South Carolina and the
Brig. Gen. Samuel McGowan Camp 40
Sons of Confederate
Laurens County, South Carolina, 2009
Erected 2009 by State of South Carolina.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series list.
Location. 38° 13.392′ N, 77° 36.007′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Located at tour stop three (Bloody Angle) on the driving tour of Spotsylvania Battlefield unit of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. 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 marker. Spotsylvania Campaign (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (a few steps from this marker); 49th New York Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 15th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); Aftermath (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); Struggle for the Bloody Angle (within shouting distance of this marker); Bloody Angle, Crowded Ravine (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania Courthouse.
Also see . . . Samuel McGowan. Civil War in the East website entry (Submitted on December 15, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,733 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 16, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.