Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Horror on the Orange Plank Road
The Battle of the Wilderness
A half-mile loop trail leads you through part of what one soldier called "a wilderness of woe." The trail begins and ends at the object of the soldier' toil and blood: the Orange Plank Road-Brock Road intersection, 50 yards to your left. Along the way, you will traverse the woods that were consumed by combat and fire, pass a monument honoring the Vermont Brigade, and see earthworks built by Union soldiers to defend Brock Road and the intersection.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
Location. 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. Valuable Crossroads (a few steps from this marker); No Turning Back (within shouting distance of this marker); On to Richmond! (within shouting distance of this marker); 12th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers 1862 - 1865 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Climax (within shouting distance of this marker); Echoes Homeward (within shouting distance of this marker); Hell Itself (within shouting distance of this marker); The Vermont Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. The background photo on the marker shows One lane of the Orange Plank Road had three-inch thick blanks laid upon it to make it passable in all kinds of weather. The planks are visible at lower right of the postwar photo.
An inset photo is captioned This grainy image, taken soon after the 1864 battle, shows the condition of vegetation along the Orange Plank Road in the Wilderness. Planks for the road were cut from the adjacent forests in 1852, and twelve years of subsequent growth left the woods lining the road a tangled mess of underbrush and emerging trees.
A map illustrating the action at this phase of the battle is next to the inset photo. A trail map is next to the loop trail description.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Wilderness Battlefield - Brock Road/Orange Plank Road Intersection virtual tour by markers.
Also see . . . Battle of Wilderness. National Park Service site provides links to a summary of the campaign, maps for driving and (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 4,111 times since then and 121 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.