Flank Attack!

Flank Attack! (HM324)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22551 Spotsylvania County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 17.877', W 77° 42.877'

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The Battle of the Wilderness

These woods saw some of the heaviest fighting of the Battle of the Wilderness. On May 5, then again on May 6, 1864 ragged Union and Confederate battle lines surged back and forth on both sides of the Orange Plank Road. The stalemate here finally broke late on the morning of May 6, when Confederate General James Longstreet managed to move troops opposite the Union left flank, in front of you.

At 11 a.m., Longstreet's men surged through the woods ahead of you screaming the rebel yell. Panic gripped the Union army. One after another, Northern soldiers broke ranks and fled through the brush toward the Brock Road, one-half mile to your left. Within minutes, the entire left wing of the Union army was in tatters. Back at the Brock Road, General Winfield Scott Hancock strove to rally the fragments of his shattered command. But would he have time?

Colonel Sorrel, it was splendid; we shall smash them now.
General Micah Jenkins, Confederate staff officer
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HM NumberHM324
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Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 4:34pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 262610 N 4242360
Decimal Degrees38.29795000, -77.71461667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.877', W 77° 42.877'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 52.62" N, 77° 42' 52.62" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 438-454 State Rte 621, Spotsylvania VA 22551, US
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