Rearguard Action

Rearguard Action (HM7D3)

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

N 38° 16.803', W 77° 38.755'

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The Battle of Fredericksburg

On May 2, 1863, as the tail end of Stonewall Jackson's flanking column neared the Wellford place, Union infantry launched an attack. They struck Jackson's rearguard (the 23rd Georgia) a half-mile to the north, at Catharine Furnace. From there, they fought a running battle to the Wellford farm. Confederate artillery unlimbered in the yard of the Wellford house to help repel a Union assault.

Outnumbered, the Georgians fell back to the protection of a railroad embankment, still visible inside the woods ahead of you. But Union sharpshooters outflanked the Georgians' position and captured most of the regiment. The Federals pushed no farther, though, and Jackson's march continued. By 5 p.m. his column lay poised opposite the Union army's unprotected right flank, about three miles northwest of you. Jackson stood on the verge of his greatest success.
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HM NumberHM7D3
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Placed ByNational Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 1:21pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 268562 N 4240199
Decimal Degrees38.28005000, -77.64591667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 16.803', W 77° 38.755'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 16' 48.18" N, 77° 38' 45.30" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11671-11699 Jackson Trail E, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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