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

Ramseur's Brigade

 
 
Ramseur's Brigade Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
1. Ramseur's Brigade Monument
Inscription. 2nd North Carolina State Troops
Col. William R. Cox

4th North Carolina State Troops
Col. Bryan Grimes

14th North Carolina Troops
Col. R. Tyler Bennett

30th North Carolina Troops
Col. Francis M. Parker

At dawn May 12, 1864 Union troops overwhelmed Maj. Gen. Edward Johnson's Division at the muleshoe salient. Brig. Gen. Stephen Dodson Ramseur's North Carolina Brigade counterattacked across these earthworks and by 7:30 a.m. regained the portion of the salient opposite this point. For the next twenty hours Ramseur's men held their ground in the face of determined Union assaults. The North Carolinians then withdrew to a new defensive line one-half mile to the rear. This gallant stand helped thwart the Union advance and saved Lee's army from disaster.

Deo Vindice
Erected by the 30th N.C. Troops (Reactivated) Charlotte, N.C.
Sept. 2001
 
Erected 2001 by 30th North Carolina Troops (Reactivated).
 
Location. 38° 13.231′ N, 77° 36.122′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from McCoull Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located to the west of Stop five (McCoull House Site) on the driving tour of
Ramseur's Brigade Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
2. Ramseur's Brigade Monument
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. Uptonís Assault (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Counterattack (about 500 feet away); Doles Salient (about 500 feet away); Mayhem in the Muleshoe (about 600 feet away); The McCoull House (about 600 feet away); Spotsylvania Campaign (about 600 feet away); McCoull Spring (about 600 feet away); Upton's Charge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
Also see . . .  McCoull House. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Ramseur's Counterattack image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
3. Ramseur's Counterattack
As part of Rodes' Division counterattacking the Federals in this sector, Ramseur's Brigade moved over the high ground here in stiff, close quarters fighting. The marker is in the distant center of this view. Modern maps tracing the surviving entrenchments indicate a line running roughly north to south through the monument location. Then a second line passing along Anderson Drive, which is over the ridge line here, to the west. The fighting described on the monument occurred mostly in the ground pictured here, and beyond to that second line of entrenchments.
 
 
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 1,004 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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