Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of the Wilderness
As Longstreet galloped down the road at the head of his victorious troops – near this spot – he inadvertently rode between two Confederate lines maneuvering in the dense roadside foliage. One of them fired a volley. A bullet struck Longstreet in the throat; another killed his subordinate Micah Jenkins, riding at his side.
Like “Stonewall” Jackson a year before, Longstreet had been felled by his own men. Unlike Jackson, Longstreet would survive. But his wounding here, on May 6, stalled the Confederate advance. By the time Lee was able to revive it, the opportunity for victory had passed.
…I shall not soon forget the sadness in [General Lee’s] face, and the almost despairing movement of his hands, when he was told that Longstreet had fallen.
Captain Francis W. Dawson, Longstreet’s staff
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in the Wilderness battlefield section of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, on Orange Plank Road (Route 621), about 1/2 mile west of Brock Road (Route 613). Located at stop seven of the driving tour of the Wilderness Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22551, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Flank Attack! ( here, next to this marker); Burying the Dead ( here, next to this marker); James S. Wadsworth ( approx. 0.3 miles away); The Vermont Brigade ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Hell Itself ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Horror on the Orange Plank Road ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Valuable Crossroads ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Echoes Homeward ( approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. In the background of the marker, This image portrays the moment of Longstreet’s wounding. Longstreet is at center; he would lose the use of his right arm for life.
Also see . . . Battle of the Wilderness. National Park Service site provides links to a summary of the campaign, maps for driving and walking tours, and additional photos of the battlefield. (Submitted on February 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Notable Persons • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,583 times since then and 64 times this year. Last updated on February 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.