The Battle of the WildernessSome of the Civil War's heaviest fighting occurred along the Orange Plank Road on May 5 and 6, 1864. One of two major roads passing through the Wilderness, the Plank Road became a magnet for both armies as they struggled to maneuver through the tangled forests. Battle lines surged up and down the Plank Road corridor, littering the roadside woods with fallen men. Fires scorched the forest, consuming the dead and wounded indiscriminately. Though violent and horrifying, the fighting here ended in stalemate.
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|Placed By||Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 2:31am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 263064 N 4242656|
|Decimal Degrees||38.30073333, -77.70953333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 18.044', W 77° 42.572'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 18' 2.64" N, 77° 42' 34.32" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 10717-10719 State Rte 621, Spotsylvania VA 22551, US|
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