Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment
9th Corps, 3rd Division, 1st Brigade
Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Michigan units on the field
in the 9th Corps
17th Michigan Vol. Infantry
20th Michigan Vol. Infantry
8th Michigan Vol. Infantry
27th Michigan Vol. Infantry
2nd Michigan Vol. Infantry
1st Michigan Sharpshooters
Losses for the 17th Michigan
On May 12, 1864
100 missing or captured
At 2 p.m., May 12th, two Ninth Corps brigades were ordered to attack the Confederate works one-quarter mile southeast of this spot. The 17th Michigan was on the extreme left of the Federal line. As the regiment approached its objective, Brig. Gen. James Lane's North Carolina Brigade emerged from the thick woods and struck it on the left flank in the bloody hand-to-hand fighting that followed, the 17th Michigan lots its national colors and 189 of the 225 men it carried into battle. Three soldiers later received the Medal of Honor for their brave but unsuccessful efforts to save the colors.
Location. 38° 12.835′ N, 77° 35.243′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Burnside Touch for map. Located near tour stop seven (Heth's Salient) 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. Heth’s Salient ( here, next to this marker); The Ninth Corps ( approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ( approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Spotsylvania Court House ( approx. half a mile away); Heth's Salient Battle Site ( approx. half a mile away); Containing the Enemy, Reclaiming the Works ( approx. half a mile away); The Fredericksburg Road ( approx. 0.6 miles away); "If It Takes All Summer" ( approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
Also see . . .
1. Heth's Salient. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on August 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment. A short regimental history. The regiment served on major campaigns in both Eastern and Western theaters of war. (Submitted on August 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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