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Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Busy Place

The Battle of the Wilderness

 
 
A Busy Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, October 7, 2017
1. A Busy Place Marker
Inscription. You are now standing in what was commonly referred to as "the yard," that part of the plantation where many of the slaves lived and did their daily chores. Depending on the time of year, you might have seen slaves here boiling soiled laundry in a kettle, chopping wood, or carrying food from the kitchen to the main house.

After sunset, with the day's work done, the yard became a different place. Weary slaves trudged home from the fields to have dinner with their families. As night deepened, the sounds of laughter, song, weeping, or shouts of anger might be heard through the dimly lit openings of the workers' humble dwellings.

As hours passed, the sound of human activity trailed off into silence, and as the firs glimmer of sunlight illuminated the eastern horizon, inhabitants here emerged to resume their labors. Another day was at hand.

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Archaeological and documentary evidence reveals the "yard" at Ellwood included the buildings shown here.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location. 38° 19.178′ N, 77° 43.894′ W. Marker is near Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Constitution Highway (Virginia
Front of Ellwood Plantation House image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, October 7, 2017
2. Front of Ellwood Plantation House
Route 20) 0.6 miles south of Germanna Highway (Virginia Route 3), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Ellwood Plantation, at the Wilderness Battlefield. Marker is at or near this postal address: 36380 Constitution Hwy, Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ellwood (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); A Military Scene (within shouting distance of this marker); “Stonewall” Jackson’s Arm (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arm of Stonewall Jackson (about 600 feet away); The Campaign of 1781 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grant Comes to Virginia (approx. ¼ mile away); Grant’s Headquarters (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. National Park Service (Submitted on January 8, 2018.) 

2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Archeology at Ellwood” (Submitted on January 8, 2018.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Rear of Ellwood Plantation House image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, October 7, 2017
3. Rear of Ellwood Plantation House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2018, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 5, 2018, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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