Heth's Salient

Heth's Salient (HM191R)

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

N 38° 12.837', W 77° 35.248'

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The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse

With the fighting at the Bloody Angle at an impasse, Grant and Lee looked elsewhere for opportunities to attack. Coincidentally, both men turned their attention to Heth's Salient, here on the eastern face of the Muleshoe. Grant sought a weak point in the Confederate defenses, while Lee hoped that an attack here might relieve pressure on Confederate troops fighting at the Bloody Angle.

The two sides unexpectedly collided in these woods. A wild scramble ensued. Men threw one another to the ground, brained each other with the butts of their rifles, and exchanged shots at point-blank range. In 30 minutes it was over. The Confederates straggled back to their line with 800 prisoners in tow. The Federals licked their wounds and dug in. The earthworks that they built line this road.

Men of the 17th Michigan, who lost heavily in the attack on Heth's Salient. Courtesy Charles T. Joyce

Heth's Salient was a sharp turn in the Confederate works defended by General Henry Heth's (pronounced "Heath") division.
HM NumberHM191R
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 1:15pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 273470 N 4232719
Decimal Degrees38.21395000, -77.58746667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 12.837', W 77° 35.248'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 12' 50.22" N, 77° 35' 14.88" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9302-9308 Burnside Dr, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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