Brink of Victory

Brink of Victory (HM24G3)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Spotsylvania County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 17.525', W 77° 43.478'

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The Battle of the Wilderness

On the morning of May 6, 1864, Confederate troops of General A.P. Hill's corps flew out of the woods to your left into the Tapp field, some of them in abject panic. They fled the thunderous advance of more than 20,000 Union troops. Wrote one man:

"I am ashamed to say it, but I don't think I ever saw troops behaving so badly...they ran like deer through the woods, leaving the enemy far behind. And the further they went. the grater seemed to grow their fright."

Union troops soon broke into the field as well, while more pushed through the woods south of the Orange Plank Road (Route 621). Though few realized it, only a thin line of Confederate artillery stood in the way of Union victory. That artillery roared to life, desperate to stop the Union attack.

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Union skirmishers of the Sixth Corps by Julian Scott
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HM NumberHM24G3
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Placed ByFredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
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Date Added Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 261715 N 4241735
Decimal Degrees38.29208333, -77.72463333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.525', W 77° 43.478'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 31.5" N, 77° 43' 28.68" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11325 Orange Plank Rd, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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