Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse
Nearly 400 yards of the Confederate line fell into Union hands as the blue-clad masses surged even deeper into the Salient. The Union breakthrough here threatened Lee’s army. While Union troops pushed forward into the woods behind you, Lee scrambled to find troops to resist them. He needed time—time enough to build a new line farther to the rear.
Well aware of the crisis, Confederate troops contested the Union advance and then pushed it back, eventually recapturing the works near the Bloody Angle. For the rest of the day they stubbornly held on, buying Lee the time he so desperately needed.
The figures of the men seen dimly through the smoke and fog seemed almost gigantic, while the woods were lighted by the flashing of the guns and the sparkling of the musketry. The din was tremendous and increasing every instant.
Lieutenant George D. Buswell
33rd Virginia Infantry
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fatal Mistake at the East Angle (here, next to this marker); "The Toughest Fight Yet" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spotsylvania Campaign (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (about 500 feet away); Struggle for the Bloody Angle (about 500 feet away); The Confederate Earthworks (about 500 feet away); 15th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers (about 600 feet away); 49th New York Infantry (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
Also see . . . Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. (Submitted on June 24, 2013.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 344 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 24, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on April 7, 2014, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.