The Federals Fall Back

The Federals Fall Back (HM4JP)

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

N 38° 19.425', W 77° 45.517'

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In front of you are the remains of trenches manned by the Union army on May 5-6, 1864. When Gordon attacked these works from the north, your left, the Federals abandoned them and fell back to a new position one mile to your front and right. The Confederates then moved forward and seized the unoccupied entrenchments, rebuilding them to face in the opposite direction - the way you now face. Later they build a new line of works that ran perpendicular to this line, parallel to the Culpeper Mine Road. Those works are immediately to your right.

The armies rested uneasily behind their earthworks throughout May 7 while occasional fires, ignited by the fighting, swept through the woods. Although the Battle of the Wilderness resulted in nearly 30,000 casualties, it marked but the first step on the long road to Appomattox.
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HM NumberHM4JP
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Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 2:15am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 258847 N 4245338
Decimal Degrees38.32375000, -77.75861667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.425', W 77° 45.517'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 25.50" N, 77° 45' 31.02" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 Creekside Dr, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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