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

The Chewning Farm

The Battle of the Wilderness

 
 
The Chewning Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 9, 2009
1. The Chewning Farm Marker
Inscription. On the ridge ahead of you stood the Chewning house, an important landmark on the Wilderness Battlefield. Sixty-nine-year-old William V. Chewning scratched out a living on this 150-acre farm during the war with the help of his wife Permelia and their two grown children. Union troops looted the farm in November 1863 but left the two-and-one-half-story frame house standing.

The building, extensively remodeled after the war, fell victim to fire in 1947. The farm road to your right leads to the Chewning house site. Exhibits there discuss the clearing's tactical importance and its occupation by both Union and Confederate armies during the Battle of the Wilderness.

Trail length: 0.25 mile
Hiking time (roud trip): 20 minutes
Grade: This is an easy hike
 
Erected by Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 17.756′ N, 77° 44.661′ W. Marker is near Locust Grove, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Hill-Ewell Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at stop five (Chewning Farm) on the driving tour of the Wilderness Battlefield. The marker is the trail head for the Chewning House Trail, and stands next to the Old
Driving Tour Stop Five - Wilderness Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
2. Driving Tour Stop Five - Wilderness Battlefield
Parker Store Road traces. 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 one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wilderness Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Key Terrain (approx. 0.2 miles away); A.P. Hill Escapes Capture (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Wilderness Campaign (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Higgerson Farm (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Widow Tapp House (approx. one mile away); Crisis in the Wilderness (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Wilderness Campaign (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locust Grove.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker is a trail map showing the location of the trail head, farm road, Chewning house site, and other exhibits.
 
Also see . . .  Wilderness Battlefield. National Park Service page. (Submitted on April 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Chewning Farm Fields image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
3. Chewning Farm Fields
Confederate Trenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
4. Confederate Trenches
On the east side of the road, opposite the marker, are the traces of trenches occupied by Ewell's Confederates during the later stages of the battle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,816 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 18, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3, 4. submitted on April 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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