Baptism of Fire
— Lee vs. Grant - The 1864 Campaign —Organized in January 1862, the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery spent most of its first two years of service in the defenses of Washington, D.C. Trained as artillerists, the regiment manned the large-caliber cannons in the forts that protected the capital. As Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's casualty numbers mounted in the first two weeks of May 1864, however, the 1st Massachusetts "Heavies," along with other commands, marched south to reinforce the Union army around Spotsylvania Court House. The regiment reached the army on May 18.
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 9:31pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 275050 N 4234918|
|Decimal Degrees||38.23415000, -77.57013333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 14.049', W 77° 34.208'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 14' 2.94" N, 77° 34' 12.48" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6903 Knob Hill Ct, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US|
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