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

Heth's Salient Battle Site

 
 
Heth's Salient Battle Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
1. Heth's Salient Battle Site Marker
Inscription. After four days of probing attacks, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant ordered a frontal assault against the Confederate lines at Spotsylvania Court House on 12 May 1864. The focal point of the attack was the Muleshoe Salient, an outward bulge in the Confederate line. While the II and IV Corps struck the head of the salient, resulting in the struggle for the "Bloody Angle," Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's IX Corps assaulted the Muleshoe's eastern face, known as Heth's Salient, located nearby. Confederate defenders, ensconced behind log works, repulsed the early morning attacks and at 2 p.m. counterattacked through this area. During more than 20 hours of fighting the Federals lost some 9,000 killed, wounded, and captured. The Confederates lost an estimated 8,000 casualties.
 
Erected 2004 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-127.)
 
Location. 38° 12.506′ N, 77° 34.864′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Courthouse Road (Bypass State Road 208) and Old Courthouse Road (Business State Road 208) on Courthouse Road. Touch for map. Located at a pull off just to the right of the stoplights. The bypass was recently added and may not appear on all maps.
Heth's Salient Battle Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
2. Heth's Salient Battle Site Marker
Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (here, next to this marker); The Fredericksburg Road (approx. ¼ mile away); "If It Takes All Summer" (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.4 miles away); 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment (approx. half a mile away); Heth’s Salient (approx. half a mile away); Spotsylvania Court House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
Regarding Heth's Salient Battle Site. The National Park Service tour provides one stop labeled "Heth's Salient." The tour stop is largely interpretive, and is some 300 to 500 yards from the site of the actual fighting referenced.
 
Also see . . .  Wilderness and Spotsylvania Campaigns. National Park Service summary. (Submitted on July 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Cooke's Brigade Attacks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
3. Cooke's Brigade Attacks
Looking northwest from the marker location along the road. General John R. Cooke's Brigade of Heth's Division attacked on an axis roughly parallel to the Spotsylvania Court House Road, from left to right in this photo. The attack parried any advance from the Federals in this sector.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,323 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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