Assaulting the Confederate Battle Line

Assaulting the Confederate Battle Line (HM10UZ)

Location: Rice, VA 23966 Amelia County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 18.294', W 78° 13.625'

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— Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park —

"The men pressed forward, holding their fire with wonderful self control till they were in plain site of the enemy almost face to face."

As the Federal troops realigned themselves after the creek crossing, and because of the shorter distance General Frank Wheaton's 1st Division had to cover in doing so, they would be the first to make contact with General Richard S. Ewell's entrenched Confederate forces along the ridge above you. As the Union soldiers neared their opponents, they were told not to "open fire until within two hundred yards or less of the enemy."

When Wheaton's men were within 100 yards, the nearing Federals began "showing handkerchiefs as an invitation to the men to surrender." To this a Confederate officer responded by calling out, "Ready!...the men rose, all together, like a piece of mechanism, kneeling on their right knees and their faces set with an expression that meant everything Aim!' The musket barrels fell to an almost perfect horizontal line leveled about the knees of the advancing line. "Fire!"

The first Confederate volley "swallowed up" the advance Federal line, with the second line wavering and finally breaking by the repeating volleys" Two Union regiments, the 2nd Rhode Island and 49th Pennsylvania, were involved in this retreat to the creek.
HM NumberHM10UZ
Year Placed2012
Placed BySailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 2:35am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 745760 N 4132302
Decimal Degrees37.30490000, -78.22708333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.294', W 78° 13.625'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 17.64" N, 78° 13' 37.50" W
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Area Code(s)434, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 218 State Rte 617, Rice VA 23966, US
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