Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Crisis in Tapp Field
Battle of the Wilderness
Southern reinforcements under Longstreet were on the way, but would they arrive in time to prevent Lee’s destruction? Lee fretted as he rarely had. The Confederate artillery fired furiously but only slowed the Federals. Then, as the Union troops advanced into this field, the Texas Brigade, the first of Longstreet’s corps, trotted eastward up the Plank Road.
Lee rode to the head of the column, intent on personally leading it into battle, but the Texans stopped him. “Lee to the rear!” they shouted refusing to move forward until the general retreated to safety. He did, and they moved forward – commencing a counterattack that would drive the Federals away.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 17.666′ N, 77° 43.485′ 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 distance of this marker. Widow Tapp’s 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 features a large picture of Lee leading his men into battle. The upper right of the marker also has a map of the area with the caption The Tapp field today. A half-mile trail leads to key sites, including the site of Widow Tapp’s house, Confederate earthworks, and the Texas Brigade memorial.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Wilderness Battlefield - Widow Tapp Fields virtual tour by markers.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of the Wilderness. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. General Lee To The Rear!. An account appearing in the Southern Historical Society Papers, from 1 (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 1,336 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 2. submitted on March 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 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.