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Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Texans Attack

 
 
The Texans Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
1. The Texans Attack Marker
This is the third in a series of markers along a walking trail on the Tapp Field.
Inscription. Brigadier General John Gregg formed his four Confederate regiments near the far edge of the Tapp Field behind you and advanced them about 400 yards toward the Union battle line, which stood near here. The Southerners moved diagonally across the clearing so that the right half of the brigade crossed the Orange Plank Road as it reached the enemy.

Federal troops under Brigadier General James S. Wadsworth, including the renowned Iron Brigade, unleashed a storm of bullets while the Texans and Arkansans dashed toward them. According to one observer, when Gregg’s troops reached Wadsworth’s position, near where you are now standing, “there was a terrible crash, mingled with wild yelling which settled down to a steady roar of musketry.”

The hand-to-hand combat lasted less than ten minutes before Gregg ordered a retreat. More than half of his 800 men remained where they fell, either killed or wounded. Other brigades repeated the Texans’ deadly experience. Together, they halted the Federal offensive.
 
Location. 38° 17.485′ N, 77° 43.408′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Orange Plank Road (County Route 621), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at stop three of the Widow
Site of the Texans Attack image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
2. Site of the Texans Attack
This is where the Texans attacked the Union troops. The marker can be seen in the background.
Tapp Farm hiking trail. It can be reached from a parking lot off the Orange Plank Road. 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. Texas ( within shouting distance of this marker); Lee to the rear! ( within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Earthworks ( about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Col. James D. Nance ( about 700 feet away); The Widow Tapp House ( approx. 0.2 miles away); In The Nick of Time ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee-to-the-Rear ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Widow Tapp’s Field ( approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of the Wilderness. (Submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Texans Attack Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2007
3. The Texans Attack Battle Map
Map showing troop placement during the attack at 6:30 AM on May 6, 1864.
Direction of Gregg's Attack image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
4. Direction of Gregg's Attack
Looking west down the Plank Road across the Widow Tapp Field. The Texans' attack came from this direction, moving toward the camera.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,116 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on March 10, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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