Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Vermont Brigade
In these woods, during the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5 and 6, 1864, Vermont's "Old Brigade" suffered 1,234 casualties while defending the Brock Road and Orange Plank Road intersection.
"The flag of each regiment, though pierced and tattered, still flaunts in the face of the foe, and noble bands of veterans with thinned ranks, and but a few officers to command, still stand by them, and they seem determined to stand so long as there is a man to bear their flag aloft or an enemy in the field."
Brigadier General Lewis A. Grant
Location. 38° 17.997′ N, 77° 42.568′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Orange Plank Road (County Route 621) and Brock Road (County Route 613), on the right when traveling east. Located at stop eight (Brock Road-Plank Road Intersection) of the driving tour of the Wilderness Battlefield. The marker is along a half-mile loop trail at the 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. Hell Itself (a few steps from this marker); Echoes Homeward (within shouting distance of this marker); Valuable Crossroads (within shouting distance of this marker); Horror on the Orange Plank Road (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Climax (about 300 feet away); No Turning Back (about 400 feet away); On to Richmond! (about 400 feet away); 12th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers 1862 - 1865 (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
Also see . . .
1. Wilderness Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on May 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. The Vermont Brigade Monument. The monument is a recent addition to the park. This article from Civil War news details the production of the monument. (Submitted on May 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. The First Vermont Brigade. History of the Brigade and its regiments. The Brigade is a unit that seems to be everywhere in the Eastern Theater, as such offers a rich history. (Submitted on May 1, 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 May 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,139 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on September 28, 2012, by Mark Swenor of Spotsylvania, Virginia.