Near Locust Grove in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Grant Comes to Virginia
The Battle of Fredericksburg
Grant's strategy was simple: hammer at the South day in and day out until it buckled under the weight of superior Union manpower and resources. The results were bloody but effective. In less than a year, the Confederate army in Virginia was battered into submission.
"We must make up our minds to get into line of battle and stay there; for that man [Grant] will fight us every day and every hour till the end of this war."
-Confederate General James Longstreet
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Natioanl Military Park - National Park Service.
Location. 38° 19.339′ N, 77° 44.032′ W. Marker is near Locust Grove, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker Touch for map. Located at stop one (Grant's Headquarters) of the driving tour of Wilderness Battlefield. 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 distance of this marker. Grant’s Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); An Uneasy Partnership (within shouting distance of this marker); The Campaign of 1781 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Archeology at Ellwood (approx. ¼ mile away); Ellwood (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Headquarters (approx. ¼ mile away); A Military Scene (approx. ¼ mile away); “Stonewall” Jackson’s Arm (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is an aerial photograph of the battlefield as it appears today. Indicated on the photograph are:
- Grant's Headquarters (You are Here) Grant's Knoll sits beside the historic Orange Turnpike, about 1.3 miles from Saunders Field, where the Battle of the Wilderness began on May 5.
- The 1864 Intersection of Orange Turnpike and Germanna Plank Road
- Lacy House "Ellwood"
- Saunders Field
The Confederate and Union battle lines are indicated around Saunders Field.
Related markers. list of markers that are related to this marker. Wilderness Battlefield - Federal Rear virtual tour by markers.
Also see . . .
1. Wilderness Battlefield. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Grant's Knoll. The park's easement around Grant's headquarters was recently expanded by donations and efforts of the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust. In addition to it's Civil War importance, the knoll was also used by the Marquis de Lafayette's 1781 Campaign during the Revolutionary War. (Submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
1. Incorrect Battle
The marker cites the "Battle of Fredericksburg" in the sub-title. This is incorrect and should read "Battle of the Wilderness." The error has been confirmed in correspondence with the National Park Service.
— Submitted March 17, 2013, 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 1,224 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.