The Mine Run Campaign

The Mine Run Campaign (HMS80)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 19.936', W 77° 49.708'

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The Battle of Payne's Farm

"The brave officers and men of this division, attacked by a greatly superior force from an admirable position, turned upon him and drove him from the field, which he left strewn with arms, artillery and infantry ammunition, his dead and dying." — Gen. Edward Johnson, CSA

"The sanguinary loss of the enemy, and their repulse, leaving their dead and wounded in hospital upon the field, exhibit the prowess of the corps beyond any terms which it is in my power to express." — Gen. William H. French, USA

On the morning of November 27, 1863, Union Gen. George G. Meade expected the Union Third Army Corps under Gen. William H. French to break camp early and march directly to Locust Grove to join the rest of Meade's command. After a lengthy delay in determining the correct route, French's leading division under Gen. Henry Prince advanced. It encountered elements of Confederate Gen. Edward Johnson's division, which was then marching along the road in front of you coming from your left.

The battle erupted and spilled into the woods and fields beyond the road. More troops joined the fight until ultimately 16,000 men were engaged. The aggressive Johnson launched a series of uncoordinated assaults against his numerically superior foe. His attacks eventually stalled in bloody stalemate as darkness brought a close to the action. Resulting in more than 1,400 casualties, the Battle of Payne's Farm (also known as Locust Grove) was the only significant action of the campaign. Johnson's command suffered heavy casualties but gave the Confederates more time to reunite and establish a strong position along Mine Run.
HM NumberHMS80
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Year Placed2011
Placed ByThe Civil War Trust and Virginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 5:20am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 252769 N 4246468
Decimal Degrees38.33226667, -77.82846667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.936', W 77° 49.708'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 56.16" N, 77° 49' 42.48" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 31320-31378 State Rte 611, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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