Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Death of Maxcy Gregg
When, at midday on December 13, Union troops broke into the woods in front of you, Gregg at first misidentified them as Confederate pickets. He ordered his South Carolinians, atop this ridge, to hold their fire – a fatal mistake. A union bullet struck Gregg in the side, piercing his spine. Two days later he died, having assured the governor of his state, “I yield my life cheerfully, fighting for the independence of South Carolina.”
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 15.083′ N, 77° 26.634′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Lee Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Breakthrough (here, next to this marker); The Meade Pyramid (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Southern Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackson (approx. half a mile away); Jackson Holds Prospect Hill (approx. half a mile away); Dead Horse Hill (approx. half a mile away); Hamilton's Crossing (approx. half a mile away); Fredericksburg Campaign (approx. 0.7 miles away but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. In the lower left corner of the marker, there is a map detailing the maneuvers leading up to the death of Maxcy Gregg. The map carries the caption, "To reach Gregg’s lines, Union troops plunged through a swampy gap in the low ground before you. The Union breakthrough not only took Gregg’s life, it imperiled Jackson’s entire position."
Also see . . . Death of Maxcy Gregg Painting. Until recently, one of the park's battlefield paintings depicted the death of Maxcy Gregg. The painting (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Military • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,408 times since then and 102 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 10, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 2. submitted on February 19, 2008. 3. submitted on December 10, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.