No Turning Back

No Turning Back (HM2QR)

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

N 38° 18.063', W 77° 42.538'

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The Battle of the Wilderness

When the armies departed the Wilderness, they left behind a disfigured landscape. Trenches twisted like earthen snakes through the woods, and blackened leaves marked the paths of fires. Along the Brock Road, noted one soldier, trees "were scarred by bullets from their roots to their tops, and in great spaces the whole tops were mown down by bullets as with a scythe."

Corpses, too, littered the landscape. "Thousands of men were dead and wounded," wrote one officer, "and that vast wilderness was one great cemetery and hospital for both armies." The Army of the Potomac suffered more than 17,600 casualties in the two-day fight; Confederate losses exceeded 11,000. Although some of the dead received hasty burials, many bodies remained untouched until the following year. A few would remain for years.
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HM NumberHM2QR
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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 Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 6:55pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 263114 N 4242690
Decimal Degrees38.30105000, -77.70896667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.063', W 77° 42.538'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 3.78" N, 77° 42' 32.28" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10717-10719 Co Rd 613, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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