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

23rd USCT At the Alrich Farm

 
 
23rd USCT At the Alrich Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 26, 2014
1. 23rd USCT At the Alrich Farm Marker
Inscription.  The first combat in the Civil War between United States Colored Troops and Confederates north of the James River occurred near here. On 15 May 1864, Confederate Brig. Gen. Thomas Rosser pushed forward a cavalry detachment along Catharpin Road to determine the position of the Union army. His men encountered—and pushed back—the 2nd Ohio Cavalry. To support the cavalry, the nearby 23rd United States Colored Infantry hurried forward to the intersection of Catharpin Road and Orange Plank Road. After skirmishing with the Confederates, the 23rd charged and caused Rosser to withdraw.
 
Erected 2013 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number EM-3.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 15, 1864.
 
Location. 38° 16.948′ N, 77° 37.272′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection
23rd USCT At the Alrich Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 26, 2014
2. 23rd USCT At the Alrich Farm Marker
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of Catharpin Road (County Route 612) and Sawhill Boulevard (Local Route 2085), on the right when traveling south on Catharpin Road. It is just south of Old Plank Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11701 Sawhill Blvd, 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. The Wilderness and the Overland Campaign (approx. half a mile away); U. S. Colored Troops in Spotsylvania (approx. half a mile away); Sergeant Benjamin Brown (approx. half a mile away); Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bivouac (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Bold Plan (approx. 0.9 miles away); Final Meeting, Fateful March (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania Courthouse.
 
More about this marker. Orange Plank Road mentioned on the marker is present-day Old Plank Road, County Route 610.
 
Also see . . .  In Our Midst: First Combat of the USCTs in Northern Virginia. Narrative of the engagement at the Alrich Farm. With map. (Submitted on July 27, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.) 
 
23rd USCT At the Alrich Farm Marker Dedication Ceremony image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kirk Heflin, May 17, 2014
3. 23rd USCT At the Alrich Farm Marker Dedication Ceremony
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 600 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on May 24, 2016, by Kirk Heflin of Spotsylvania, Virginia.

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Jun. 25, 2022