“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

In the Nick of Time

The Battle of the Wilderness

In the Nick of Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, November 25, 2017
1. In the Nick of Time Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  Here, for a few moments on the bright spring morning of May 6, 1864, Robert E. Lee faced disaster for his army. The woods to your right and the fields in front of you swarmed with Union troops. The artillery behind you stood as the only organized resistance to this massive Union attack. The guns boomed; cannoneers, including General A.P. Hill himself, worked the pieces frantically.

Then General James Longstreet's corps arrived. "Keep cool men," Longstreet said, "we will straighten this out in a short time." Though exhausted from a 26-mile march, Longstreet's columns formed into a line of battle on either side of the Orange Plank Road (to your right). Anxious to drive the Federals back, Lee rode to Longstreet's men, determined to lead them into battle.

"I have often seen Gen. Lee, but never did i see him so excited, so disturbed - never did anxiety or care manifest itself before so plainly upon his countenance."
A Confederate Staff Officer

General Robert E. Lee
General James Longstreet
Erected by Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Miltary Park.
Location. 38° 17.408′ N, 77° 43.575′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Orange Plank Road (County Route 621) half a mile west of Hill-Ewell Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located along the ½-mile Tapp Field Walking trail - located at Stop 6 of the Wilderness Battlefield Auto Tour. Marker is in this post office area: Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee-to-the-Rear (here, next to this marker); Crisis in the Wilderness (was about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing. ); Wilderness Campaign (about 500 feet away); The Home of Widow Tapp (about 600 feet away); Brink of Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Earthworks (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported permanently removed. ); The Texans Attack (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported permanently removed. ); Lee to the rear! (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
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 also titled “In the Nick of Time” (Submitted on January 8, 2018.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
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 89 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on January 5, 2018, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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