Gordon Flank Attack Trail

Gordon Flank Attack Trail (HM4JC)

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

N 38° 19.049', W 77° 45.417'

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The Battle of the Wilderness

In this field and its surrounding woods fell nearly one-third of the men killed or wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness.

The two-mile Gordon Flank Attack Trail tracks the Battle of the Wilderness in all its horrible forms: the open-field Union attacks here that initiated the battle; the stalemate in the tangled woods to the north; and the devastating Confederate flank attack that, after two days of fighting, almost brought the Federals to disaster.

The Wilderness: "Hell Itself"
The mature forests here today bear little resemblance to the Wilderness of 1864. For years before the war, vast tracts of the Wilderness had been timbered. When the armies arrived, they found a sometimes impenetrable landscape of matted thickets and young trees. Wrote one of Grant's officers, "It was a battle fought with the ear, and not the eye. All circumstances seemed to combine to make the scene one of unutterable horror."
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HM NumberHM4JC
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Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania Natioanl Military Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 10:43pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 258972 N 4244638
Decimal Degrees38.31748333, -77.75695000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.049', W 77° 45.417'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 2.94" N, 77° 45' 25.02" 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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