Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Texans Attack
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
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.)
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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 1,105 times since then and 26 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.