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Near Spotsylvania Courthouse in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

James S. Wadsworth

 
 
James S. Wadsworth Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
1. James S. Wadsworth Memorial
Inscription.  
Brigadier General and Brevet Major General
United States Volunteers
commanding the 4th Division
V Corps Army of the Potomac
was mortally wounded near this spot
May 6, 1864 and died two days later
in the field hospital of Hill’s
Confederate Corps:
He fell attempting desperately to
resist a Confederate advance which
threatened the strategic Plank-
Brock Road intersection.

 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1814.
 
Location. 38° 17.706′ N, 77° 43.091′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Memorial is at the intersection of Orange Plank Road (County Route 621) and Wilderness Park Drive, on the left when traveling east on Orange Plank Road. Monument is in the Wilderness Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11011 Orange Plank Rd, 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. Wilderness Campaign (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Col. James D. Nance (approx. ¼ mile away); Burying the Dead (approx.
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¼ mile away); Flank Attack! (approx. ¼ mile away); Longstreet Felled (approx. ¼ mile away); Widow Tapp’s Field (approx. 0.4 miles away); Crisis in Tapp Field (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lee to the Rear! (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania Courthouse.
 
More about this marker. The pull off for the monument accommodates only two or three vehicles safely. The section of road is often heavy with traffic, so caution is urged when visiting. Visitors are urged to walk to the site after parking at either stop six (Widow Tapp Farm) or seven (Longstreet's Wounding).
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of the Wilderness. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. James S. Wadsworth. From virtual American biographies. General Wadsworth served with distinction on many battlefields, most notably the first day at Gettysburg. (Submitted on March 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Wadsworth Wounding Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
2. Wadsworth Wounding Monument
This monument marks the place where Gen. James Wadsworth was mortally wounded as he defended against a Confederate flank attack on May 6, 1864, during the Battle of the Wilderness.
Monument as Seen from the Roadside Pull Off image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
3. Monument as Seen from the Roadside Pull Off
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,514 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3. submitted on March 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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