Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
On to Richmond!
The Battle of the Wilderness
As Union soldiers quietly left the earthworks in front of you, they realized a turning point had arrived. And when later that night Grant rode among them, they cheered. They cheered not because Grant had won, but because he refused to lose. For the Union army, eleven months of non-stop campaigning - and ultimately victory - lay ahead.
Wild cheers echoed through the forest, and glad shouts of triumph rent the air. Men swung their hats, tossed up their arms, and pressed forward to within touch of their chief, clapping their hands, and speaking to him with the familiarity of comrades ....The night march had become a triumphal procession for the new commander.
-Lieutenant Colonel Horace Porter, Union
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 18.063′ N, 77° 42.538′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Brock Road (County Route 613) and Orange Plank Road (County Route 621), on the right when traveling south on Brock Road. Located at stop eight of a driving tour of the Wilderness Battlefield. 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. No Turning Back (here, next to this marker); 12th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers 1862 - 1865 (a few steps from this marker); The Climax (within shouting distance of this marker); Horror on the Orange Plank Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Valuable Crossroads (within shouting distance of this marker); Echoes Homeward (within shouting distance of this marker); Hell Itself (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Vermont Brigade (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a drawing with a caption scribed on the lower right, Gen. U.S. Grant at Wilderness May 7th 1864. It depicts the soldiers reaction as described in the text.
Also see . . . Battle of Wilderness. National Park Service site provides links to a summary of the campaign, maps for driving and walking (Submitted on January 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,301 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on May 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.