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

Brink of Victory

The Battle of the Wilderness

 
 
Brink of Victory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, November 25, 2017
1. Brink of Victory Marker
Inscription. On the morning of May 6, 1864, Confederate troops of General A.P. Hill's corps flew out of the woods to your left into the Tapp field, some of them in abject panic. They fled the thunderous advance of more than 20,000 Union troops. Wrote one man:

"I am ashamed to say it, but I don't think I ever saw troops behaving so badly...they ran like deer through the woods, leaving the enemy far behind. And the further they went. the grater seemed to grow their fright."

Union troops soon broke into the field as well, while more pushed through the woods south of the Orange Plank Road (Route 621). Though few realized it, only a thin line of Confederate artillery stood in the way of Union victory. That artillery roared to life, desperate to stop the Union attack.

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Union skirmishers of the Sixth Corps by Julian Scott
 
Erected by Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location. 38° 17.525′ N, 77° 43.478′ 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
View of Tapp Field from the Brink of Victory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, November 25, 2017
2. View of Tapp Field from the Brink of Victory Marker
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. Confederate Earthworks (was here, next to this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); The Texans Attack (was about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported permanently removed. ); Lee to the Rear! (about 400 feet away); The Home of Widow Tapp (about 500 feet away); Texas (about 500 feet away); Lee to the rear! (about 600 feet away); Lee-to-the-Rear (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, "Confederate Earthworks"
 
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 59 times since then. Last updated on January 8, 2018, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 5, 2018, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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