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Battle of Spotsylvania - Tour Stops Four and Five - Harrison and McCoull Houses
 
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By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
Tour Stop Four
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — The Harrison House The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —
Like most Spotsylvania County residents, Edgar W. Harrison little imagined the impact the Civil War would have on his community and his life. Harrison, his wife Ann, and their three young children lived in a story-and-a-half farmhouse set on the . . . — Map (db m10424) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Lee to the Rear! The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —
The General's countenance showed that he had despaired and was ready to die rather than see the defeat of his army. Isaac G. Bradwell, 3rd Georgia Infantry In these fields on the morning of May 12, 1864, Gen. Robert E. Lee faced a crisis so . . . — Map (db m10426) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Spotsylvania Campaign
May 11-12, 1864. About two hundred yards southward stood the Harrison House where Lee gave his momentous order to Ewell, on the evening of May 11, to remove the artillery from the Salient. Lee pitched his tent in the Harrison House vicinity. Early . . . — Map (db m14684) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Harrison House Site
This post-war photograph of the Harrison House and farm was taken from the northwest not far from where the trail crossed the paved road. Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell, commanding the Confederates defending the salient, made his headquarters here on the . . . — Map (db m10284) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Lee's Last Line
These well-preserved earthworks which run east and west through the woods are the remains of the defensive position constructed during the fighting at the Bloody Angle. Major General Martin Luther Smith, Lee's chief engineer and designer of the . . . — Map (db m10283) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Spotsylvania Campaign
May 12-13, 1864. This line of earthworks, the remains of which run eastward through the woodland, was built across the base of the Confederate "Mule Shoe" during the Federal attacks against the Salient. As the weary Confederates held their enemies . . . — Map (db m10278) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Spotsylvania Campaign
May 18, 1864. About dawn, Hancock's and Wright's Corps advanced southward past the McCoull House and attacked Ewell's Corps which was holding the new line. They hoped to repeat the Federal success of May 12. This time, however, Confederate cannon . . . — Map (db m10279) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Grant's May 18th Attack The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —
Following the fight for the "Bloody Angle," Lee constructed this new line of works across the base of the Muleshoe. Unwilling to attack the Confederates in their new position, Grant shifted east toward the Fredericksburg Road (modern Route 208). . . . — Map (db m10281) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Civil War Earthworks Preservation Message —
The gentle mounds that meander through Spotsylvania Court House battlefield once looked like the reconstructed earthwork in front of you. The armies built more than 12 miles of trenches here, using whatever tools they could find. Lee's last line, . . . — Map (db m10282) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Ramseur's Brigade
2nd North Carolina State Troops Col. William R. Cox 4th North Carolina State Troops Col. Bryan Grimes 14th North Carolina Troops Col. R. Tyler Bennett 30th North Carolina Troops Col. Francis M. Parker At dawn May 12, 1864 Union troops . . . — Map (db m10286) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Mayhem in the Muleshoe The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —
Surrounded on all sides by low ridge lines, Neil MccCoull's house sat in the center of the famous Muleshoe Salient. On the night of May 8, 1864, Confederate engineers built the bulging line of earthworks that wrapped around McCoull's farm to the . . . — Map (db m10289) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — The McCoull House The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —
This was the home of farmer Neil McCoull and his unmarried sisters Mary, Eliza, and Milly. McCoull's farm was typical of those that dotted Spotsylvania County: a few hundred acres that produced a modest income from corn and other grains. Like his . . . — Map (db m10290) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — McCoull Spring
This spring has always been important to the McCoull family but on May 12, 1864 it became a vital source of rejuvenation to hundreds of Confederates involved in the fighting at the Bloody Angle. Colonel Charles S. Venable, an aide-de-camp to Lee, . . . — Map (db m10291) HM

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