Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Higgerson Farm
The Battle of the Wilderness
When the Federals trampled her fence and garden, Permelia Higgerson emerged from her house, berated the Yankees, and predicted their quick repulse. “We didnít pay much attention to what she said,” admitted a Pennsylvanian, “but the result proved that she was right.”
After a succession of bloody clashes in the distant woods, the Federals retreated back across this field. Mrs. Higgerson taunted them as they passed.
“At Chickamauga there was at least a rear, but here there ainít neither front nor rear. Itís all a ----------- mess! And our two armies ainít nothin but howliní mobs!”
- A Confederate prisoner to his captors
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Historical Park, National Park Service.
Location. 38° 18.516′ N, 77° 44.994′ W. Marker is near Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker is on Hill-Ewell Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wilderness Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away); "A Wild, Wicked Roar" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Saunders Field (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Capture of Winslow's Battery (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Fighting Ends in Stalemate (approx. 0.7 miles away); Struggle on the Orange Plank Road (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle of the Wilderness (approx. 0.7 miles away); Clash on the Orange Turnpike (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
More about this marker. The marker features a picture of Union soldiers making their way through the Higgerson garden on the left, and a photograph of the Higgerson farm house on the right. The upper right is a picture of Permelia Higgerson, the woman who confronted the Union soldiers in her yard.
Also see . . . Battle of the Wilderness. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,382 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on May 31, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.