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

The Landram House

 

—The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —

 
The Landram House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
1. The Landram House Marker
Inscription. The rubble of two chimneys is all that remains of Willis Landram's modest farmhouse, a building destroyed in the 1864 battle. The 65-year-old Landram, his wife Lucy, and five other family members chiseled a life of bare essentials from 170 acres. They raised wheat, corn, and potatoes. Five cows produced milk and 200 pounds of butter a year; two oxen plowed the fields; seven sheep gave the Landrams 20 pounds of wool each season; four pigs provided bacon and pork.

The unremarkable existence of the Landrams ended with the arrival of the armies in May 1864. Confederates ripped the staircase from the house to build nearby earthworks. Union generals used the building as a headquarters. When the family returned, only the walls and chimneys of their home remained. Earthworks scarred their fields, feathers from pillows and featherbeds covered the ground, and 28 Union soldiers lay buried in the yard. It would take the family years to reclaim a life shattered by just a few hours of combat.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 13.654′ N, 77° 35.714′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker
Stop along the Bloody Angle Trail image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Stop along the Bloody Angle Trail
Two markers near the Landram House site. On the left The Landram House. On the right Farm to Killing Field.
can be reached from Grant Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on the Bloody Angle trail at tour stop three (Bloody Angle) 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. Farm to Killing Field (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Landram House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Landram Farm (about 500 feet away); Vista Clearing at Spotsylvania (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dawn Assault (approx. 0.3 miles away); Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fatal Mistake at the East Angle (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
More about this marker. In the background of the marker, The Landrams lived a life typical of many Spotsylvanians - occupying a four-room house, producing their own food, and generating extra income with a few cash crops, as shown in this artist's conception. Unlike many of their neighbors, the Landrams did not own slaves.
 
Also see . . .  Bloody Angle. National
The Landram House Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
3. The Landram House Ruins
The remains of two chimneys still stand inside a copse of trees.
Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on August 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Chimney Ruins of the Landram House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
4. Chimney Ruins of the Landram House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,068 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on August 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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