“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Wilderness Battlefield - Widow Tapp Fields virtual tour by markers.
Tour Stop Six - Widow Tapp Farm image, Touch for more information
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
Tour Stop Six - Widow Tapp Farm
1Virginia, Spotsylvania County, Locust Grove — Wilderness Campaign
May 6, 1864, Hancock's Federal soldiers opened the second day of battle about 5 a.m. Hill's Confederates were driven westward to this vicinity, the small clearing of the Widow Tapp Farm where Lee had his headquarters. As Col. William T. Poague's . . . Map (db m7490) HM
2Virginia, Spotsylvania County, Locust Grove — Crisis in the Wilderness Reported missing
A celebrated battlefield episode of the Civil War happened here at the Widow Tapp Field on the morning of May 6, 1864. The Army of Northern Virginia and its commander, R.E. Lee, faced disaster on the Orange Plank Road as a powerful Union attack . . . Map (db m112324) HM
3Virginia, Spotsylvania County, Locust Grove — Lee-to-the-Rear
Many accounts relate the story of General Lee’s personal attempt to lead the charge of the Texas Brigade. No two versions entirely agree and we may never know which details belong to history and which belong to mythology. Colonel Charles S. . . . Map (db m6093) HM
4Virginia, Spotsylvania County, Locust Grove — In The Nick of Time
As Union battle lines surged into the forest across the Orange Plank Road on your right, and poised in the trees at the far end of the Tapp Field, grayclad figures loped into view from behind you. The leading Confederate units peeled right into the . . . Map (db m155890) HM
5Virginia, Spotsylvania County, Spotsylvania Courthouse — The Widow Tapp House
The Tapp Farm exemplifies the lifestyle of most Wilderness residents. Catharine Tapp, age 55 in 1860, leased her land from the Lacy family who owned nearby Ellwood. The Widow Tapp shared her modest 1-1/2 story log home with five relatives and a . . . Map (db m6090) HM
6Virginia, Spotsylvania County, Locust Grove — Confederate Earthworks Reported permanently removed
Longstreet’s troops began erecting these infantry entrenchments after fighting on the evening of May 6 and improved them the following day. This was a reserve line, the main Confederate position being a few hundred yards in font of you along modern . . . Map (db m6089) HM
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7Virginia, Spotsylvania County, Spotsylvania Courthouse — Crisis in Tapp FieldBattle of the Wilderness — Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park —
Here on the morning of May 6, 1864, Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his army faced perhaps their greatest crisis. Soon after dawn, hundreds of disorganized Confederates tumbled from the woods to your left, driven by a powerful Union . . . Map (db m6058) HM
8Virginia, Spotsylvania County, Spotsylvania Courthouse — Widow Tapp’s FieldBattle of the Wilderness
Few families of modest means became so famous. In this field lived widow Catherine Tapp, who with other family members eked out an existence from the poor soil. The Tapps occupied a lopsided log cabin about 300 yards in front of you – seven people . . . Map (db m6057) HM
9Virginia, Spotsylvania County, Locust Grove — Texas
Remembers the valor and devotion of her sons who served at the Wilderness May 6, 1864 From near this spot the Texas Brigade pleaded with General Lee not to expose himself to Federal fire and then after seeing him to safety, launched a vigorous . . . Map (db m155889) HM
10Virginia, Spotsylvania County, Locust Grove — Lee to the rear!
Lee to the rear! cried the Texans. May 6, 1864.Map (db m196288) HM WM
11Virginia, Spotsylvania County, Locust Grove — The Texans Attack Reported permanently removed
Brigadier General John Gregg formed his four Confederate regiments near the far edge of the Tapp Field behind you and advanced them about 400 yards toward the Union battle line, which stood near here. The Southerners moved diagonally across the . . . Map (db m6088) HM
12Virginia, Spotsylvania County, Locust Grove — Col. James D. Nance
3rd Reg. S.C.V Kershaw's Brigade Killed on this spot May 6, 1864.Map (db m6112) HM
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