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Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — The Battle of Spotsylvania Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter West Wall —
"Nothing in history equals this contest. Desperate, long and deadly, it still goes on. From morn till night, nor ends the carnage there -- all night it goes on too. I cannot tell you any of the particulars. You could not understand it. I do not . . . — Map (db m10708) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — A Different Kind of War Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter South Wall —
A Different Kind of War With the 1864 Overland Campaign, the war in Virginia changed. The old pattern of fight, retreat, and rest yielded to Ulysses S. Grant's relentless maneuvering and fighting. Attacked in superior force by an incessant foe, . . . — Map (db m10716) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Testing the Line: May 8-10 Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter West Wall —
If It Takes All Summer Grant's failure to win the race to Spotsylvania led to two weeks of brutal combat. Aggressive and impatient, the Union commander relentlessly hammered away at the entrenched Confederate line, looking for weakness. Laurel . . . — Map (db m10735) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Grant Finds an Opening: May 12 Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter West Wall —
Assault on the Muleshoe Emory Upton's success on May 10 prompted Grant to repeat the attack on a much larger scale. This time the target of the assault was the Muleshoe Salient, a huge outward bulge in the center of the Confederate line. If . . . — Map (db m10736) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — No Turning Back Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter North Wall —
No Turning Back Defeated but undeterred, Grant abandoned Spotsylvania's blood-soaked fields on May 21 and continued south -- toward Richmond and ultimate victory. In his wake he left a scarred landscape pitted with thousands of graves. An . . . — Map (db m10740) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Spotsylvania Campaign
May 8, 1864. Here began the second delay on Grant's bloody road to Richmond. Having failed to crush Lee in the Wilderness, the Federals attempted to outflank the Confederates by way of Spotsylvania Court House. After a hard night's march, harassed . . . — Map (db m10199) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Spotsylvania Campaign
May 9-14, 1864. The village of Spotsylvania Court House, two miles farther down the Brock Road, became of utmost temporary importance, since it now protected Lee's communications with Richmond. As the Confederates threw up earthworks around the . . . — Map (db m10205) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Sedgwick
(North face): Erected to commemorate this spot where Maj Genl John Sedgwick, U.S. Vols. Commanding Sixth Army Corps was killed in action on the morning of the 9th of May 1864. (East face): A tribute to a beloved Commander by the . . . — Map (db m3694) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — The Death of Sedgwick
Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick, commander of the Sixth Corps, was one of the most popular senior officers in the Army of the Potomac. On the morning of May 9, 1864, Sedgwick arrived here to direct some minor redeployment of his troops. Ignoring warnings . . . — Map (db m3692) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Spotsylvania Campaign
Union Gen. G.K. Warren's V Corps occupied this line in the early phases of the Spotsylvania operations. Despite hard fighting, Warren could not break the Confederate line on this front. During the dark and rainy night of May 13, 1864, the V Corps . . . — Map (db m10213) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — The Spindle House
A large frame house belonging to Sarah Spindle stood here in 1864. The opening engagement of the Spotsylvania Campaign swirled across the Spindle Farm on the morning of May 8 as Union troops dashed through these open fields toward the Confederate . . . — Map (db m10252) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Spindle House The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —
Many Spotsylvania families lost property during the war, but Sarah Spindle nearly lost her life. The 36-year-old widow and her family had just sat down to breakfast on May 8, 1864, when the popping of rifles announced the presence of hostile troops. . . . — Map (db m10253) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Spotsylvania — Maryland Monument
Judge Charles E. Phelps of the Maryland Court of Appeals erected this granite monument shortly after the turn of the century. On May 8, 1864, Phelps, then colonel of the 7th Maryland, helped lead the headlong charge of the Maryland Brigade across . . . — Map (db m10255) HM

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