Saunders Field

Saunders Field (HMCJ9)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Orange County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 19.045', W 77° 45.374'

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Battle of the Wilderness

"The Last crop of the old field had been corn and among its stubble that day were sown the seeds of glory."
Morris Schaff, USA Staff

Tucked away in the Wilderness's trackless forest were several small clearings, where families with names like Higgerson, Chewning, and Tapp eked out a meager living tilling the region's thin soil. Saunders Field, which surrounds you, was an abandoned corn patch in 1864. With the arrival of the armies on May 5, it would become a brutal smoking killing field.

The Orange Turnpike - modern Route 20 - bisected Saunders Field. A major thoroughfare early in the 1800s, the turnpike later lost much of its traffic to the Orange Plank Road. By the time of the battle, it was a quiet country road that - by dint of war - would become world famous.
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HM NumberHMCJ9
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Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 6:40am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 259035 N 4244629
Decimal Degrees38.31741667, -77.75623333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.045', W 77° 45.374'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 2.70" N, 77° 45' 22.44" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 35401-36383 Constitution Hwy, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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