The Battle of Payne's Farm

The Battle of Payne's Farm (HMSYU)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 20.192', W 77° 49.569'

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Baptism of Fire

"[It was] ? as warm a contest as this regiment was ever engaged in. ? It seemed as if the enemy was throwing minie-balls upon us by the bucket-full, when the battle got fairly under way." — Member of the 3rd North Carolina Infantry, CSA

"It was truly a baptism of fire, while it was a deluge of lead and iron that swept over us. The musketry was not in the least of a jerky or intermittent sort, but one continuous roll." — History of the Tenth Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, USA

While Union Gen. Henry Prince's division held the ground on either side of the road to Jacob's Mill, Gen. Joseph B. Carr aligned his division on Prince's left flank in support. He was ordered to make a connection if possible with the II Corps near Locust Grove. Nicknamed "General French's Pets" by the rest of the corps, Carr's division had seen little action. For several of the regiments, this would be their baptism of fire.

The three brigades of Carr's division entered the conflict just as the Confederates were making a concerted effort to turn Prince's flank. After some initial confusion, the untested troops advanced through this difficult terrain, scaled the ridge in front of you, and drove the Confederate skirmishers back. The Federals took up positions behind a fence at the edge of a large field atop the rise. In this engagement, the three regiment of Gen. William H. Morris's brigade suffered the highest regimental losses in the Union army during the Mine Run Campaign. The green troops performed admirably and, in a matter of minutes, became veterans.
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 Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 12:35am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 252986 N 4246935
Decimal Degrees38.33653333, -77.82615000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 20.192', W 77° 49.569'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 20' 11.52" N, 77° 49' 34.14" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 31200-31284 State Rte 603, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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