“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Livingston in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Union Earthworks

Union Earthworks Marker image. Click for full size.
February 24, 2012
1. Union Earthworks Marker
Inscription. Early on May 10, 1864, General Gershom Mott's division of 1,500 Union soldiers arrived on this ground and began constructing earthworks amid the harassing fire of Confederate sharpshooters concealed in the timber, just a few hundred yards away. The remains of Mott's trenches are still visible, on the ridge behind you.

Mott's men left the protection of these works later in the day to attack the Muleshoe Salient, three-quarters of a mile ahead. As they emerged into the open fields leading to the Salient, Confederate artillery tore into their ranks. Many of the Union soldiers had just a few days left in their enlistments. Unwilling to risk their lives, they broke ranks and fled back to these works. Grant later remarked that Mott's men "failed utterly."

Two days later, Union troops again advanced from these works, but in much greater force. This time the result would be different.
Location. 38° 13.856′ N, 77° 36.306′ W. Marker is in Livingston, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Willow Ridge Way and Burnleigh Street, on the left when traveling south on Willow Ridge Way. Touch for map. Marker is opposite 9930 Willow Ridge Way, in the "Stuart's Crossing" development. Driving East on Gordon Rd (Rt 627), turn right into Browns Farm Rd, then right into Willow Ridge Ln, finally right into Willow Ridge Way. 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. The Brown House (here, next to this marker); Vista Clearing at Spotsylvania (approx. half a mile away); Upton’s Trail (approx. half a mile away); 126th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (approx. half a mile away); Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. 0.6 miles away); Attack on the Muleshoe (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bloody Angle, Crowded Ravine (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Muleshoe Salient (approx. 0.6 miles away).
Regarding Union Earthworks. Marker has a drawing with the caption: "Mott's division arriving at the Brown house on May 10, 1864."
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 25, 2012. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 25, 2012. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. A wide shot of the marker and its surroundings. • Can you help?
Paid Advertisement We are suspending advertising until they remove an ad for a certain book from circulation. A word in the book’s title has given rise to number of complaints. The word is inappropriate in school classroom settings.