Lee to the Rear!

Lee to the Rear! (HM6PO)

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

N 38° 13.047', W 77° 36.195'

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— The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —

The General's countenance showed that he had despaired and was ready to die rather than see the defeat of his army.
Isaac G. Bradwell, 3rd Georgia Infantry

In these fields on the morning of May 12, 1864, Gen. Robert E. Lee faced a crisis so severe that he felt compelled to lead his troops personally into battle. It was the third such crisis in a week - a sure sign of the Confederate army's dwindling power.

Soon after dawn a courier dashed up to Confederate Gen. John Gordon at the Harrison house with an urgent message: A Union attack had shattered the Confederate line at the Muleshoe Salient, about a half-mile to your left. As Gordon's Georgians prepared to counterattack, Gen. Robert E. Lee took his place among them, intent on leading them into battle.

The solders would not permit it. "Lee to the rear! Lee to the rear!" they shouted. Two soldiers stepped forward, grabbed the bridle of Lee's horse and led him to safety. Gordon's men then plunged into battle. Within minutes they had recaptured the eastern face of the Salient - the prelude to a day of horrific fighting.
HM NumberHM6PO
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 12:35pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272099 N 4233146
Decimal Degrees38.21745000, -77.60325000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 13.047', W 77° 36.195'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 13' 2.82" N, 77° 36' 11.70" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16600 Gordon Dr, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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