Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War Earthworks
—Preservation Message —
Spotsylvania's earthworks illustrate the changing nature of the Civil War. By 1864 the tactics of maneuver and open-field fighting had given way to trench warfare. Whenever soldiers took position, they started digging. Shielded by earthworks, battle lines moved closer together; soldiers toiled under fire for days on end; attacks became more costly. The war became a daunting struggle to survive not just bullets but stress and exhaustion too.
Do not walk on the earthworks!
This reconstruction replaces original works obliterated by a road in the 1930s. The earthworks on either side are original and fragile.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
Location. 38° 12.85′ N, 77° 36.463′ Touch for map. Located beyond stop four (Harrison House) on the driving tour of Spotsylvania Battlefield unit of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spotsylvania Campaign (a few steps from this marker); Grant's May 18th Attack (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (a few steps from this marker); Lee's Last Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harrison House Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lee to the Rear! (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Harrison House (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a depiction of the field fortifications built during the Civil War. Indicted are examples of traverses, abatis, and rifle pits. An inset photo of Confederate log works at Spotsylvania is captioned Over the years the earthworks eroded, filling the ditch and creating the gentle mounds that you see today.
Also see . . . Lee's Last Line. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,119 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on August 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.