The Landram House

The Landram House (HM6NH)

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

N 38° 13.654', W 77° 35.714'

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— The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —

The rubble of two chimneys is all that remains of Willis Landram's modest farmhouse, a building destroyed in the 1864 battle. The 65-year-old Landram, his wife Lucy, and five other family members chiseled a life of bare essentials from 170 acres. They raised wheat, corn, and potatoes. Five cows produced milk and 200 pounds of butter a year; two oxen plowed the fields; seven sheep gave the Landrams 20 pounds of wool each season; four pigs provided bacon and pork.

The unremarkable existence of the Landrams ended with the arrival of the armies in May 1864. Confederates ripped the staircase from the house to build nearby earthworks. Union generals used the building as a headquarters. When the family returned, only the walls and chimneys of their home remained. Earthworks scarred their fields, feathers from pillows and featherbeds covered the ground, and 28 Union soldiers lay buried in the yard. It would take the family years to reclaim a life shattered by just a few hours of combat.
HM NumberHM6NH
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 4:32am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272832 N 4234249
Decimal Degrees38.22756667, -77.59523333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 13.654', W 77° 35.714'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 13' 39.24" N, 77° 35' 42.84" 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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