Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Mine Run Campaign
Lt. Col. Samuel Moore to the men of the 10th Connecticut on the eve of the planned attack at Mine Run.
For four days the armies - totaling more than 150,000 men - glared at each other across Mine Run. Skirmishers exchanged occasional shots; batteries periodically dueled. The men dug trenches (some of which remain) and fought to stay warm in bitter cold. Dozens of men on the picket lines - without the benefit of fires - froze to death. For most men, Mine Run amounted to a contest not against their enemies, but against the elements.
The climax was to have come on November 30, Meade intended to attack Lee's right along the Orange Plank Road, three miles south of here. But at the last minute, one of Meade's corps commanders canceled the assault. Union soldiers rejoiced, for the thoughts of attacking Confederate works across a mile of open ground appealed to none of them. On December 2, Lee attempted a move against the Union left flank, but by then Meade had started his army back across the Rapidan River.
Erected by Orange County Historical Society
Location. 38° 18.292′ N, 77° 48.645′ W. Marker is in Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of Constitution Highway (State Highway 20) and Gold Dale Road (County Route 611), on the right when traveling east on Constitution Highway. Touch for map. Located in a pull off to the southwest corner of the intersection. 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mine Run Campaign (here, next to this marker); Robinson's Tavern (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Mine Run Campaign (was approx. 2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named The Mine Run Campaign (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named The Mine Run Campaign (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Battle of Payne’s Farm (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Payne’s Farm (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Payne’s Farm (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
More about this marker. On the lower left, "Union soldiers huddle behind works at Mine Run, as drawn
On the right is a map of the battle area. "By November 30, the opposing lines stretched for ten miles separated by the valley of Mine Run. The attack planned by Meade never occurred. Nor did a prepared attack by Lee on December 2. The Federals retreated back north."
Regarding Face Off. This marker is one in a series that detail the Mine Run Campaign. See the Mine Run Virtual Tour by Markers link below for a full list.
Also see . . .
1. Mine Run Campaign. National Park Service summary of the campaign includes a driving tour. (Submitted on January 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. A Photo Tour of the Campaign Area. (Submitted on January 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Mine Run Virtual Tour by Markers. Series of markers that detail the Mine Run Campaign. (Submitted on January 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,332 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.