First Blood in Saunders Field

First Blood in Saunders Field (HM3IK)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Orange County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 19.052', W 77° 45.424'

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The Battle of the Wilderness

"The regiment melted away like snow. Men disappeared as if the earth had swallowed them."
-Captain Porter Parley
140th New York Infantry
Shortly after noon on May 5, the battleline of the 140th New York burst from the woods to your right-rear - the first regiment to advance against the Confederates here in Saunders Field.

Undaunted by a devastating Confederate fire, the 529 New Yorkers sprinted across the field and assailed the Confederates along the woodline before you. But supporting units, Caught in the tangled woods north of the field, could not keep pace. Confederate fire raked the 140th exposed right flank. For perhaps 30 minutes the 140th New York clung to its foothold in the woods. Then, with nearly half its men shot or captured, the regiment retreated.

The advance of the 140th New York was but the first bloodletting in what would be two days of savage fighting in and around Saunders Field.
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HM NumberHM3IK
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Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania Natioanl Military Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 10:57pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 258962 N 4244644
Decimal Degrees38.31753333, -77.75706667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.052', W 77° 45.424'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 3.12" N, 77° 45' 25.44" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 35401-36383 VA-20, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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