Attack on the Angle

Attack on the Angle (HM3NR)

Location: Sutherland, VA 23885 Dinwiddie County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 8.399', W 77° 36.663'

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"When we moved toward Five Forks?we were not expecting any attack that afternoon, so far as I know. Our throwing up works and taking position were simply general matters of military precaution."
- Major General Fitzhugh Lee, CSA

You are standing on the left (east) flank of the Confederate line at Five Forks. Here the earthworks turned abruptly northward, forming an angle. Few of the 1,000 North Carolinians gathered behind these trenches on the afternoon of April 1, 1865, expected an attack. Neither did their commander, Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett, who had retired to the rear for a lunch of shad.

At 4:15 p.m., Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren's Union Fifth Corps swarmed across what were open fields to your right. While two Federal divisions moved too far north and missed the Confederate line altogether, one division of 3,100 men struck the Confederates here. Brig. Gen. Matthew Ransom's North Carolina brigade resisted fiercely. Both the Federals rolled forward and vaulted the works. The Confederate line collapsed.

The Union success at the Angle initiated the destruction of Pickett's division - a disaster for Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.
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HM NumberHM3NR
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 1:46pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 268083 N 4113593
Decimal Degrees37.13998333, -77.61105000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 8.399', W 77° 36.663'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 8' 23.94" N, 77° 36' 39.78" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17707-18603 State Rte 613, Sutherland VA 23885, US
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