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

Spotsylvania Court House

In the Path of War

 

—Lee vs. Grant – The 1864 Campaign —

 
Spotsylvania Court House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 18, 2007
1. Spotsylvania Court House Marker
Inscription. At the time of the Civil War, Spotsylvania Court House was a small community of about one dozen buildings surrounded by woods and rolling fields. “It was not a town,” a chaplain in the 126th Pennsylvania noted. “It was composed of just the county building, the tavern, a house or two, and one or two country churches.”

The Civil War shattered Spotsylvania’s rural tranquility. In August 1862, Union troops raided the village, and nine months later Confederate authorities converted the courthouse yard into a temporary stockade to hold Union prisoners captured at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Worse was yet to come.

In May 1864, the Union and Confederate armies collided just outside the village. Spotsylvania was under fire for two weeks before the armies moved on. In their wake, they left battered buildings, miles of earthworks, and more than 30,000 casualties.

“The place looked quite desolate, very few persons remained and what few houses remained standing were pretty well riddled with shot and shell.”
- Union soldier, 1865.

 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 12.102′ 
Marker at Spotsylvania Court House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
2. Marker at Spotsylvania Court House
The Spotsylvania Court House can be seen in this photo behind the marker.
N, 77° 35.337′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 208) near Brock Road, on the right when traveling south. 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 walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Spotsylvania Court House (here, next to this marker); Spotsylvania County Honor Roll (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Spotsylvania (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee’s Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Spotsylvania Courthouse and Jail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spotsylvania County Jail (about 400 feet away); Booth Hall (about 700 feet away); Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
More about this marker. In the upper right George L. Frankenstein, a native German who served in the Union army, painted this watercolor of Spotsylvania Court House shortly after the war. Below the painting and in the center is a map of the area around Spotsylvania Court House with related sites indicated.
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, US Civil
 
Close Up of the Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
3. Close Up of the Map
Spotsylvania Court House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., November 18, 2007
4. Spotsylvania Court House Marker
Entrenchments at Spotsylvania image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
5. Entrenchments at Spotsylvania
A portion of the earthworks at the Mule Shoe, one of many field fortifications remaining from the fighting at Spotsylvania Court House.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,101 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on January 11, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on August 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   5. submitted on August 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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