Todds Tavern in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Union Army Headquarters
—Lee vs. Grant - The 1864 Campaign —
Grant and Meade left Todd’s Tavern on the morning of May 8, and moved up the Catharpin Road (behind you) to Piney Branch Church. Union Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock occupied the tavern for the rest of the day. At one point Gen. Jubal Early’s Confederates threatened to attack Hancock’s line, but when Early saw the Union earthworks he wisely broke off contact with the Federals and headed to Spotsylvania by another route. Thus, wrote Hancock’s adjutant, “The great battle of Todd’s Tavern was never fought.”
“Taking up our march...we change our direction to south-westerly, arriving towards noon at Todd’s Tavern, an unpretentious structure one story and a half in height, with no merits, architectural or otherwise, to warrant its becoming a conspicuous landmark in the history of this campaign. Here a halt had been ordered.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 14.849′ N, 77° 40.119′ W. Marker is in Todds Tavern, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Brock Road (County Route 613) and Catharpin Road (County Route 612), on the right when traveling south on Brock Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Todd’s Tavern (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Todd’s Tavern (here, next to this marker); Lafayette at Corbin’s Bridge Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Piney Branch School (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Todds Tavern.
More about this marker. The marker displays portraits of Jubal Early and Winfield Hancock. A painting on the right is captioned, "George L. Frankenstein, a native German who served in the Union army, painted Todd's Tavern shortly after the war."
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Todd's Tavern. National Park Service summary of the battle and driving tour. (Submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Civil War Trails – Lee vs. Grant: The 1864 Overland Campaign Tour. (Submitted on March 6, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,304 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.