Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Grant Comes to Virginia
The Battle of Fredericksburg
Grant's strategy was simple: hammer at the South day in and day out until it buckled under the weight of superior Union manpower and resources. The results were bloody but effective. In less than a year, the Confederate army in Virginia was battered into submission.
"We must make up our minds to get into line of battle and stay there; for that man [Grant] will fight us every day and every hour till the end of this war."
-Confederate General James Longstreet
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Natioanl Military Park - National Park Service
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 19.339′ N, 77° 44.032′ W. Marker is near Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on Constitution Highway (State Highway 20), on the right when traveling west. Located at stop one (Grant's Headquarters) of the driving tour of Wilderness Battlefield. 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); An Uneasy Partnership (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. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is an aerial photograph of the battlefield as it appears today. Indicated on the photograph are:
- Grant's Headquarters (You are Here) Grant's Knoll sits beside the historic Orange Turnpike, about 1.3 miles from Saunders Field, where the Battle of the Wilderness began on May 5.
- The 1864 Intersection of Orange Turnpike and Germanna Plank Road
- Lacy House "Ellwood"
- Saunders Field
The Confederate and Union battle lines are indicated around Saunders Field.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Wilderness Battlefield - Federal Rear virtual tour by markers.
Also see . . .
1. Wilderness Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Grant's Knoll. The park's easement (Submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
1. Incorrect Battle
The marker cites the "Battle of Fredericksburg" in the sub-title. This is incorrect and should read "Battle of the Wilderness." The error has been confirmed in correspondence with the National Park Service.
— Submitted March 17, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,379 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.