Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“If It Takes All Summer”
The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse
The two sides clashed three more times at Spotsylvania—at Myers Hill on May 14, at the Harrison house on May 18, and at Harris farm on May 19—each time without decisive result. On May 21, Grant abandoned his efforts to drive Lee from Spotsylvania Court House and started for the North Anna River, 20 miles south. It was there, along the North Anna’s muddy banks, that the next act of the bloody drama would unfold.
I…propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.
General Ulysses Grant, USA
In an effort to locate Grant’s right flank, Lee on May 19 sent his Second Corps on a reconnaissance toward the Fredericksburg Road, sparking a battle on the Harris farm.
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. The Fredericksburg Road (here, next to this marker); Heth's Salient Battle Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment (approx. 0.6 miles away); Heth’s Salient (approx. 0.6 miles away); Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Ninth Corps (approx. 0.8 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 435 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 24, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on June 24, 2013.