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Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of the Wilderness

 
 
Battle of the Wilderness Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
1. Battle of the Wilderness Marker
Inscription. Ewell's Corps, the left wing of Lee's Army, moving down this road from Orange, came into conflict near here with Warren's Corps of Grant's Army, May 5, 1864. The fight moved to and fro until Ewell finally drove Warren back and entrenched here. Late the next afternoon, May 6, Ewell attacked the unionists. Meanwhile, two miles south on the Orange Plank Road, the right wing of Lee's Army was engaged with Grant's left wing.
 
Erected by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number JJ 20.)
 
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 38° 18.864′ N, 77° 46.146′ W. Marker was in Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker was on Constitution Highway (State Highway 20), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 34477 Constitution Highway, Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Battle of the Wilderness (approx. half a mile away); The Culpeper Mine Road (approx. half a mile away); “A Wild, Wicked Roar” (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Confederate Line
Battle of the Wilderness Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
2. Battle of the Wilderness Marker
The point of view is looking west down Constitution Highway (the old Orange Turnpike) in the direction from which Ewell's Corps arrived.
(approx. 0.6 miles away); The Confederate Defense (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Apperson Family and Lake of the Woods (approx. 0.6 miles away); 140th New York State Vols. (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Blood in Saunders Field (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. National Park Service site features four major battlefields of the Civil War (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania) (Submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. The Battle of the Wilderness. Resource page for the Wilderness. Links to copies of official reports. (Submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battle of the Wilderness Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1993
3. Battle of the Wilderness Marker
Compare the background in this photo to those taken in 2007.
Battle of the Wilderness Marker (missing) image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, May 8, 2017
4. Battle of the Wilderness Marker (missing)
East Down the Orange Turnpike image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
5. East Down the Orange Turnpike
Looking east from the marker location, down the modern Constitution Highway, in the direction of Warren's Federal Corps line of march. Warren's lead elements started to skirmish here with Ewell's lead troops. That skirmish developed into a full blown battle. In turn that battle beget an eleven-month campaign ending at Appomattox.
Ewell's Trenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
6. Ewell's Trenches
Trenches extend throughout the surrounding area. The best preserved are on the National Park Service ground, however. And unfortunately many were lost due to erosion, effects of time, and development. These trenches, just under a mile east of the marker, were used by Ewell's Corps on May 5-6, 1864.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,280 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on November 23, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on May 8, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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