The Flying Dutchmen

The Flying Dutchmen (HM21K)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 19.019', W 77° 41.134'

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The Battle of Chancellorsville

The target of Jackson's attack was General Oliver O. Howard's Eleventh Corps, which extended for more than a mile along the Orange Turnpike. The Eleventh Corps was relatively new to the Army of the Potomac. Its 11,000 men included a large percentage of German immigrants - men with names like Peisser and Buschbeck, Schurz and Schimmelfennig.

Union pickets had warned Howard of the enemy's approach, but he had ignored their reports. Headquarters had assured him that the Confederate army was in retreat. Now, as the Southerners bore down upon Howard's flank, the men of the corps broke ranks and fled. Although the general and his officers eventually restored order, they could not restore the corps' reputation. From then on, the Eleventh Corps would be known derisively as "the Flying Dutchmen."

"Why did we run? Well, those who didn't are there yet!"
-Private William B. Southerton, 79th Ohio Volunteers
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HM NumberHM21K
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Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 265212 N 4244398
Decimal Degrees38.31698333, -77.68556667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.019', W 77° 41.134'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 1.14" N, 77° 41' 8.04" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2928-3000 Winfield Oaks Dr, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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