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Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gordon's Attack Falters

 
 
Gordon's Attack Falters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
1. Gordon's Attack Falters Marker
Inscription. Union reinforcements rushed to the sound of fighting as twilight turned to darkness in these gloomy woods. The Confederates lost direction and momentum in the smoky gloaming, and eventually the firing died away. Gordon's attack had achieved only a local, if spectacular, success.

What might have happened if the assault had begun earlier in the day? Gordon believed that "it would have resulted in a decided disaster to the whole right wing of General Grant's army, if not in its entire organization." Jubal Early wrote that "It was fortunate...that darkness came to close the affair, as the enemy, if he had been able to discover the disorder on our side, might have brought up fresh troops and availed himself of our condition." Gordon's men built and occupied these trenches on the night of May 6.
 
Location. 38° 19.513′ N, 77° 45.758′ 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 8 of the Gordon Flank Attack trail, near Driving Tour Stop Two (the Exhibit Shelter). Marker is in this post office area: Locust Grove VA 22508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Gordon Flank Attack Trail - Stop 8 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
2. Gordon Flank Attack Trail - Stop 8
distance of this marker. Gordon's Flank Attack (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fighting on the Evening of May 5, 1864 (about 600 feet away); Morning of May 6 (about 700 feet away); John Gordon Proposes a Flank Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wilderness Battlefield Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Federals Fall Back (approx. mile away); The Culpeper Mine Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Confederate Defense (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
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
 
Confederate Trenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
3. Confederate Trenches
The trenches here were occupied the Confederates on the night of May 6. These formed a secondary line behind works along the Culpeper Mine Road.
 
 
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 928 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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