Longstreet Felled

Longstreet Felled (HM326)

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

It was the most successful day of James Longstreet's career. He had arrived on the Wilderness battlefield early in the day to find the Confederate army in full retreat and in danger of being destroyed. His troops had prevented disaster. Now, at midday, he had just launched a flank attack that knocked the Union army back in confusion.

As Longstreet galloped down the road at the head of his victorious troops - near this spot - he inadvertently rode between two Confederate lines maneuvering in the dense roadside foliage. One of them fired a volley. A bullet struck Longstreet in the throat; another killed his subordinate Micah Jenkins, riding at his side.

Like "Stonewall" Jackson a year before, Longstreet had been felled by his own men. Unlike Jackson, Longstreet would survive. But his wounding here, on May 6, stalled the Confederate advance. By the time Lee was able to revive it, the opportunity for victory had passed.

?I shall not soon forget the sadness in [General Lee's] face, and the almost despairing movement of his hands, when he was told that Longstreet had fallen.
Captain Francis W. Dawson, Longstreet's staff
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HM NumberHM326
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Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 2:17am 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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