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

Spotsylvania Campaign

 
 
Spotsylvania Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
1. Spotsylvania Campaign Marker
Inscription. May 10,1864. After a day of sporadic fighting, the Federal high command sent Col. Emory Upton and twelve picked regiments of the VI Corps to strike the west face of the Confederate Salient. Starting in this vicinity near the Scott (Shelton) House about 6 p.m., the troops moved silently down a winding forest road to surprise the Confederate line. They failed to hold their gains and retreated when Mott's Division of the II Corps did not support the attack as planned. Nevertheless, Upton's effort was brilliant and Grant promoted the youthful colonel to brigadier general on the spot.
 
Erected by United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 13.42′ N, 77° 36.385′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Grant Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at tour stop two (Upton's Road) 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 location. Uptonís Trail (a few steps from this marker); Upton's Charge
Spotsylvania Campaign Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
2. Spotsylvania Campaign Map
Upton's Attack About 6 p.m. May 10, 1864
A quarter of a mile beyond this point, their bayonets fixed, Upton's lines broke silence with a wild cheer as they burst from the piney woods across a 200-yard clearing to the Confederate trenches. Though thrown back by counterattack and losing some 1,000 men in killed, wounded and missing, Upton brought off over 1,000 prisoners. Mott's division had been expected to attack from the north, but Confederate artillery around the apex of the Salient swept a wide open field and easily kept Mott at bay. Meanwhile, Federal attacks along the Brock Road front also failed.

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(approx. 0.2 miles away); Doles Salient (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Counterattack (approx. ľ mile away); Uptonís Assault (approx. ľ mile away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. ľ mile away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. ľ mile away); The Muleshoe Salient (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one named Uptonís Trail (see nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .  Upton's Road. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Tour Stop Two image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
3. Tour Stop Two
Upton's Road tour stop has a marker and a map detailing the action at this phase.
Wartime Woods Road Used by Upton image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
4. Wartime Woods Road Used by Upton
The road is now a foot trail which connects to Doles Salient.
Warren's Corps Trenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
5. Warren's Corps Trenches
Trenches for Warren's V Corps were just to the south of the road. Others trenches in the area are marked as used by Wright's VI Corps.
 
 
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 753 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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