Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse
Although initially successful, Uptonís attack quickly turned into a fight for survival. Confederate lines coming across the fields behind you pressed against now-ragged Union battle lines. Without help, Uptonís men could not hold out for long. As darkness settled over the battlefield, the Southerners drove Uptonís men from the salient and recaptured the cannons they had lost earlier in the evening.
Upton captured 950 Confederates in his initial charge. Union soldiers hurried the prisoners to the rear under a heavy fire.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Location. 38° 13.273′ N, 77° 36.211′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Anderson Drive 0.2 miles west of Grant Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Uptonís Assault (here, next to this marker); Doles Salient (a few steps from this marker); Upton's Charge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ramseur's Brigade (about 500 feet away); Spotsylvania Campaign (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); McCoull Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Muleshoe Salient (approx. 0.2 miles 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 403 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 24, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on June 24, 2013.