Grant's May 18th Attack

Grant's May 18th Attack (HM6MH)

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

N 38° 12.851', W 77° 36.471'

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— The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —

Following the fight for the "Bloody Angle," Lee constructed this new line of works across the base of the Muleshoe. Unwilling to attack the Confederates in their new position, Grant shifted east toward the Fredericksburg Road (modern Route 208). When Lee withdrew troops from Laurel Hill to counter this move, Grant sent Hancock's and Wright's corps back to the Muleshoe in hopes of catching the Confederates out of their trenches.

The ploy failed. Ewell's corps had not yet abandoned this portion of the line, and when Grant attacked on May 18 the Confederates greeted the Federals with 29 cannon. Trapped in the tangled abatis that fronted the Southern lines, the Federals became fodder for Ewell's guns. More than 1,200 Union soldiers fell in the short, ill-advised assault. Undaunted, Grant called off the attack and gain shifted east toward the Fredericksburg Road.

No attempt more completely failed ....
James L. Bowen
17th Massachusetts Infantry
HM NumberHM6MH
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 2:10pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 271686 N 4232794
Decimal Degrees38.21418333, -77.60785000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 12.851', W 77° 36.471'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 12' 51.06" N, 77° 36' 28.26" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1062-1100 Anderson Dr, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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