A Fatal Reconnaissance

A Fatal Reconnaissance (HM22P)

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

N 38° 18.658', W 77° 38.958'

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When "Stonewall" Jackson reached this point at about 9 p.m. on May 2, 1863, he stood at the peak of his military career. Four hundred yards in front of you, a shaken Union army hastily built earthworks to halt the Confederate tide. One hundred yards behind you, Jackson's troops formed along the Bullock Road for what Jackson hoped would be the final and climactic night attack against the faltering Federals.

While the Confederates prepared, the general and a small group of attendants rode forward on the Mountain Road - little more than a woods path - to this point. Jackson could hear the aces of Union soldiers fashioning earthworks in front. One of his staff officers cautioned the general to go back. "The danger is over," he snapped. "The enemy is routed. Go tell A.P. Hill to press right on!" With that, Jackson continued his fateful ride toward the front.
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HM NumberHM22P
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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 Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 11:06pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 268364 N 4243639
Decimal Degrees38.31096667, -77.64930000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.658', W 77° 38.958'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 39.48" N, 77° 38' 57.48" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8823-8973 VA-3, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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