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

An Uneasy Partnership

The Battle of the Wilderness

 
 
An Uneasy Partnership Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
1. An Uneasy Partnership Marker
Inscription. At the battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House, Grant would not only struggle against Lee’s army, but also against the conservative, sometimes timid, methods of the Union Army of the Potomac. George G. Meade, commander of that army, was a cautious leader – much like the commanders who preceded him. Lee made a career of using Union caution to his advantage.

Although Grant had no wish to interfere with Meade’s handling of the Army of the Potomac, he increasingly found it necessary to impose his will upon his subordinate. The aggressive tactics employed by the army throughout 1864 and 1865 carried Grant’s stamp above all others.

Lee’s army will be your objective point. Wherever Lee goes, there you will go also.
- Ulysses S. Grant to George G. Meade
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 19.355′ N, 77° 44.043′ W. Marker is in Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Constitution Highway (Virginia Route 20), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at stop one (Grant's Headquarters) of the driving tour of Wilderness Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Markers at Grant's Headquarters Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Markers at Grant's Headquarters Site
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grant’s Headquarters (here, next to this marker); Grant Comes to Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); The Campaign of 1781 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Archeology at Ellwood (approx. ¼ mile away); Ellwood (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Headquarters (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Military Scene (approx. 0.3 miles away); “Stonewall” Jackson’s Arm (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
More about this marker. The marker is dominated by a picture of Meade and Grant in the Wilderness. The right of the marker features photographs of Ulysses S. Grant and George G. Meade.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of the Wilderness. (Submitted on March 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Wilderness Tour Stop 1 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
3. Wilderness Tour Stop 1
Marker is a short walk into the woods from this point.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,067 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on March 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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