Dawn Assault

Dawn Assault (HM191J)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 13.444', W 77° 35.871'

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The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse

In the dank, pre-dawn light of May 12, 1864, Confederates huddled along these muddy works could hear the rumble of Union troops coming toward them. Moments later the first of 20,000 Union soldiers poured over the works like a wave, engaging Confederate defenders here in furious hand-to-hand combat.

Nearly 400 yards of the Confederate line fell into Union hands as the blue-clad masses surged even deeper into the Salient. The Union breakthrough here threatened Lee's army. While Union troops pushed forward into the woods behind you, Lee scrambled to find troops to resist them. He needed time—time enough to build a new line farther to the rear.

Well aware of the crisis, Confederate troops contested the Union advance and then pushed it back, eventually recapturing the works near the Bloody Angle. For the rest of the day they stubbornly held on, buying Lee the time he so desperately needed.

The figures of the men seen dimly through the smoke and fog seemed almost gigantic, while the woods were lighted by the flashing of the guns and the sparkling of the musketry. The din was tremendous and increasing every instant.
Lieutenant George D. Buswell
33rd Virginia Infantry
HM NumberHM191J
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 7:00am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272592 N 4233867
Decimal Degrees38.22406667, -77.59785000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 13.444', W 77° 35.871'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 13' 26.64" N, 77° 35' 52.26" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-204 Bloody Angle Dr, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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