Containing the Enemy, Reclaiming the Works

Containing the Enemy, Reclaiming the Works (HM191P)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 13.07', W 77° 35.762'

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The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse

The trenches in front of you belonged to General James H. Lane's North Carolina brigade. Shortly after dawn, May 12, Union forces captured the East Angle, one-half mile behind you, and bore down on Lane's men in this part of the Muleshoe Salient. Acting quickly, Lane curled back the left end of his line to meet the threat, checking the progress of the Union troops moving down the Salient's eastern face.

Meanwhile General John B. Gordon was hastily forming his Confederate division at the Harrison house, just over one-quarter mile to your right. As soon as his troops were in line, Gordon ordered a charge. Sweeping through the woods behind you, his men drove back the disorganized Union attackers arid reclaimed the eastern side of the Salient. With this part of the Muleshoe secure, General Robert E. Lee could focus his efforts on retaking the Bloody Angle.

With the fury of a cyclone, and almost with its resistless power, [my division] rushed upon Hancock's advancing column. With their first onset?his leading lines were shivered and hurled back....Hancock was repulsed and driven out.
General John Gordon, CSA
HM NumberHM191P
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 10:26pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272732 N 4233170
Decimal Degrees38.21783333, -77.59603333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 13.07', W 77° 35.762'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 13' 4.20" N, 77° 35' 45.72" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-204 Gordon Dr, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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