Fatal Mistake at the East Angle

Fatal Mistake at the East Angle (HM191I)

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

N 38° 13.443', W 77° 35.875'

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The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse

The sharp turn in the Confederate works here is called the "East Angle." It marks the apex of the Muleshoe Salient and was one of the most vulnerable points on Lee's line. Lee fortified the place heavily and placed upwards of 30 cannon in and around the works here. But on the night of May 11, fearing the Union army was about to march south, he pulled those guns out of the line. For Lee, it was a rare and grave misjudgment.

The Federals were not leaving Spotsylvania, but instead were moving into position to attack the Muleshoe. General Edward Johnson ordered the guns back to their places, but they arrived just in time to be captured by swarming Union soldiers. Two Confederate generals (including Johnson), 3,000 men, and 20 cannon fell into Union hands. It was one of the greatest disasters ever to befall Lee's army.
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HM NumberHM191I
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Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 11:30pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272587 N 4233865
Decimal Degrees38.22405000, -77.59791667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 13.443', W 77° 35.875'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 13' 26.58" N, 77° 35' 52.50" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-204 Bloody Angle Dr, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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