Spotsylvania Courthouse in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
ó Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park ó
By the night of May 8, the Confederate army was in firm possession of Spotsylvania Court House. With Lee entrenching, Grant looked for opportunities to attack. Reports from the front indicated that the Confederates were in force on both their left and right flanks, leading Grant to believe that they must be weak in the center of the line. Hoping to exploit this weakness, he issued orders for a general assault to take place just before sunset on May 10.
Colonel Emory Upton, a brilliant 24-year-old brigade commander from Batavia, New York, was assigned to lead the assault. On the day of the attack, Upton assembled a strike force of 12 regiments—5,000 men—at the Shelton house, 400 yards behind you. Union troops meanwhile flushed Confederate skirmishers from these woods. Uptonís men followed, moving undetected along this woods road to within 200 yards of the Confederate line.
To follow the route of Uptonís attack, leave your car here and take the walking trail that follows the woods road in front of you.
Trail Length: Half mile round trip
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Time: Thirty minutes
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 13.418′ N, 77° 36.377′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Grant Drive 0.7 miles north of Brock Road, on the right when traveling north. 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); Upton's Charge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Doles Salient (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Counterattack (approx. ľ mile away); Uptonís Assault (approx. ľ mile away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. ľ mile away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. ľ mile away); The Muleshoe Salient (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania Courthouse.
Also see . . .
1. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. (Submitted on June 24, 2013.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Spotsylvania Campaign” (Submitted on June 27, 2013.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 450 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 24, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on September 18, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.