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

Lee to the Rear!

The Battle of the Wilderness

 
 
Lee to the Rear! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, November 25, 2017
1. Lee to the Rear! Marker
Inscription. On May 6, 1864, General Robert E. Lee faced one of the greatest crises of his career. A dawn assault by the Union army had routed A.P. Hill's corps and threatened the destruction of the entire Confederate army. Just when all seemed lost, a body of gray-clad soldiers appeared through the smoke moving toward the enemy. "What troops are you?" Lee demanded, "Texas boys," came the reply. The only Texans in the army belonged to Longstreet's corps, which was on its way from Gordonsville. Help had arrived in the nick of time. "Hurrah for Texas!" cried Lee, waving his hat in a rare show of emotion. "Hurrah for Texas!"

The Texas Brigade formed a line in rear of the cannons and began to advance. To their dismay Lee rode forward too, determined to join them in the charge. The soldiers would have none of it. "Go back, General Lee! Go back! We won't go on unless you go back!" Lee hesitated, then tugged on the reins and turned his horse to the rear. The Texans charged onward, and in a few minutes the reinforcements reversed the tide of battle.

"His countenance, usually so placid and benign, was blazing with martial ardor. The lamb in his nature had given place to the lion, and his spirit seemed transfused through every one who looked upon him. It was impossible not to feel that every man that passed him was, for the time being, a hero." Colonel William F. Perry
 
Erected by Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location. 38° 17.483′ N, 77° 43.405′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from 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 Route. 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. The Texans Attack (was here, next to this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee to the rear! (within shouting distance of this marker); Brink of Victory (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Earthworks (was about 400 feet away but has been reported permanently removed. ); Col. James D. Nance (about 700 feet away); The Home of Widow Tapp (approx. 0.2 miles away); In the Nick of Time (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an older marker at this location titled "The Texans Attack"
 
Also see . . .  Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. National Park Service (Submitted on January 8, 2018.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2018, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 97 times since then. Last updated on January 8, 2018, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. Photo   1. submitted on January 5, 2018, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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