Farm to Killing Field

Farm to Killing Field (HM6NA)

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

N 38° 13.654', W 77° 35.717'

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— The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —

On May 12, 1864, the pastures, potato patches, and crop-lots of Willis Landram's farm would become North America's most notorious killing field. Just before dawn, 20,000 Union soldiers swarmed past the Landram house toward the main Confederate line on the ridge in front of you. The sudden Union attack triggered a day of carnage - a 22-hour struggle for control of the Muleshoe Salient.

Throughout the day, Union generals gathered near this spot to watch and direct the fighting. Union artillerymen built powerful earthworks that still stand in the woods to your right-rear and lobbed shells into the Confederate lines, 500 yards away. General Winfield Scot Hancock, commander of the Union Second Corps, made his headquarters in the Landram house. By day's end, Willis Landram's farm had been transformed. Wrote one soldier, "May God in his mercy never again permit us to behold such a field of carnage and death."
HM NumberHM6NA
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 10:49am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272828 N 4234249
Decimal Degrees38.22756667, -77.59528333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 13.654', W 77° 35.717'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 13' 39.24" N, 77° 35' 43.02" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7530 Scotts Farm Rd, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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