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

The Federals Fall Back

 
 
The Federals Fall Back Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
1. The Federals Fall Back Marker
Inscription. In front of you are the remains of trenches manned by the Union army on May 5-6, 1864. When Gordon attacked these works from the north, your left, the Federals abandoned them and fell back to a new position one mile to your front and right. The Confederates then moved forward and seized the unoccupied entrenchments, rebuilding them to face in the opposite direction - the way you now face. Later they build a new line of works that ran perpendicular to this line, parallel to the Culpeper Mine Road. Those works are immediately to your right.

The armies rested uneasily behind their earthworks throughout May 7 while occasional fires, ignited by the fighting, swept through the woods. Although the Battle of the Wilderness resulted in nearly 30,000 casualties, it marked but the first step on the long road to Appomattox.
 
Location. 38° 19.425′ N, 77° 45.517′ 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 9 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
Gordon Flank Attack Trail - Stop 9 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
2. Gordon Flank Attack Trail - Stop 9
are within walking distance of this marker. Morning of May 6 (approx. mile away); Gordon's Attack Falters (approx. mile away); Fighting on the Evening of May 5, 1864 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Culpeper Mine Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gordon's Flank Attack (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Gordon Proposes a Flank Attack (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wilderness Battlefield Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); 140th New York State Vols. (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
More about this marker. The upper half of the marker contains a map of the surrounding area detailing the trenches, and referencing the roads visible to the visitor.
 
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 Earthworks along the Culpeper Mine Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
3. Confederate Earthworks 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 885 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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