Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Morning of May 6
The Confederates struck first. At 4:30 a.m., the Wilderness erupted with a deafening chorus of artillery and small arms. The Southerners closed with their blueclad opponents, only to feel the shock of Union volleys fired at point blank range. Ewell's men fell back to this line of trenches where they in turn repulsed Federal counterassaults. By mid-morning this area grew relatively quiet while the armies clashed in earnest a few miles south.
Location. 38° 19.402′ N, 77° 45.773′ W. Marker is near Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Constitution Highway (State Highway 20), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is in Wilderness Battlefield at stop 5 of the Gordon Flank Attack trail, near Driving Tour Stop Two (the Exhibit Shelter).
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fighting on the Evening of May 5, 1864 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gordon's Attack Falters (about 700 feet away); John Gordon Proposes a Flank Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gordon's Flank Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wilderness Battlefield Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Federals Fall Back (approx. ¼ mile away); The Culpeper Mine Road (approx. ¼ mile away); The Confederate Defense (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
More about this marker. The upper half of the marker displays a battle map indicating positions of the forces engaged and the important roads.
Also see . . . Gordon Flank Attack Trail. National Park Service page detailing the Gordon Flank Attack Trail. (Submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 827 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.