Flanking of Hays' Brigade

Flanking of Hays' Brigade (HM89B)

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

N 38° 18.707', W 77° 38.557'

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On this ridge, the Union brigade of Brig. Gen. William Hays, supported by artillery, temporarily stopped the Confederate advance across the ground below you. A member of the 12th New Jersey described what happened next: "We were in open sight, without earthworks or protection of any kind, except a few trees...when an unfortunate break to the rear of the regiment on our right left a vast hole in our line, through which the Rebels, unseen by us, got in our flank and rear and rolled our line up endways, just like a piece of ribbon." Hays and all but one member of his staff were captured. The rest of the command retreated to the next ridge.
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 2:27pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 268951 N 4243713
Decimal Degrees38.31178333, -77.64261667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.707', W 77° 38.557'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 42.42" N, 77° 38' 33.42" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8333 Plank Rd, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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