Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Widow Tapp’s Field
Battle of the Wilderness
Catherine Tapp’s net worth barely exceeded 100 dollars. She owned no land; she owned no slaves. A kitchen garden and small patch of corn, potatoes, and wheat likely provided much of the family’s food. The war that so devastated others in Spotsylvania County could do little to diminish the Tapps; they had little to lose.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 17.665′ N, 77° 43.484′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Hill-Ewell Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in the Wilderness Battlefield at Tour Stop 6. 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 Crisis in Tapp Field (here, next to this marker); Confederate Earthworks (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Widow Tapp House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Texans Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Col. James D. Nance (approx. ¼ mile away); Texas (approx. ¼ mile away); Lee to the rear! (approx. ¼ mile away); Wilderness Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. The marker's background is a painting with the caption A postwar painting of Widow Tapp’s cabin. Tapp rented the farm from James Horace Lacy, who lived at Ellwood, two miles northeast of here.
In the upper right of the marker is a photograph of a witness to the Battle of the Wilderness. Eliza “Phenie” Tapp was just four at the time of the battle, but in the 1930s she described her childhood memories to National Park Service historian Ralph Happel. She remembered that as her family fled their home bullets struck the dirt around them, kicking up dust like the first raindrops of a coming storm.
Also see . . . Battle of the Wilderness. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • 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 2,167 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4. submitted on March 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.