Heth's Salient Battle Site

Heth's Salient Battle Site (HM5ND)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 12.506', W 77° 34.864'

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After four days of probing attacks, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant ordered a frontal assault against the Confederate lines at Spotsylvania Court House on 12 May 1864. The focal point of the attack was the Muleshoe Salient, an outward bulge in the Confederate line. While the II and IV Corps struck the head of the salient, resulting in the struggle for the "Bloody Angle," Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's IX Corps assaulted the Muleshoe's eastern face, known as Heth's Salient, located nearby. Confederate defenders, ensconced behind log works, repulsed the early morning attacks and at 2 p.m. counterattacked through this area. During more than 20 hours of fighting the Federals lost some 9,000 killed, wounded, and captured. The Confederates lost an estimated 8,000 casualties.
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HM NumberHM5ND
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Marker NumberE 127
Year Placed2004
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 8:06am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 274014 N 4232091
Decimal Degrees38.20843333, -77.58106667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 12.506', W 77° 34.864'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 12' 30.36" N, 77° 34' 51.84" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 41 VA-208, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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