Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
An Uneasy Partnership
The Battle of the Wilderness
— Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park —
At the battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House, Grant would not only struggle against Lee’s army, but also against the conservative, sometimes timid, methods of the Union Army of the Potomac. George G. Meade, commander of that army, was a cautious leader – much like the commanders who preceded him. Lee made a career of using Union caution to his advantage.
Although Grant had no wish to interfere with Meade’s handling of the Army of the Potomac, he increasingly found it necessary to impose his will upon his subordinate. The aggressive tactics employed by the army throughout 1864 and 1865 carried Grant’s stamp above all others.
Lee’s army will be your objective point. Wherever Lee goes, there you will go also.
- Ulysses S. Grant to George G. Meade
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 year for this entry is 1864.
Location. 38° 19.355′ N, 77° 44.043′ W. Marker is in Locust Grove, Virginia, in 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. Grant’s Headquarters (here, next to this marker); Grant Comes to Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); The Campaign of 1781 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Busy Place (approx. ¼ mile away); Archeology at Ellwood (approx. ¼ mile away); Ellwood (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Headquarters (approx. ¼ mile away); A Military Scene (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
More about this marker. The marker is dominated by a picture of Meade and Grant in the Wilderness. The right of the marker features photographs of Ulysses S. Grant and George G. Meade.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,195 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 2. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on March 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.