Warren's Line

Warren's Line (HM1DTL)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 12.94', W 77° 37.126'

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The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Following its failure to take Laurel Hill on May 8, 1864, General Gouverneur K. Warren's Fifth Corps entrenched here. This crescent-shape work protected two Union cannons. Warren's line extended from the Po River, one mile to your right, to the Brock Road, a short distance to your left. The Confederates held a strong position on the opposite edge of the field, one-quarter mile ahead of you.

Warren again attacked the Confederate line unsuccessfully on May 10 and on May 12. With each repulse, casualties mounted and enthusiasm waned. "It is not a matter of surprise that they had lost all spirit for that kind of work," explained one Union officer, "as their previous experience had taught them that to [attack] was certain death on that front." Stymied at Laurel Hill, Grant turned his attention to the Muleshoe Salient, one mile to your left. There, Union arms enjoyed greater success.
Placed ByFredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 1:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 270735 N 4232986
Decimal Degrees38.21566667, -77.61876667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 12.94', W 77° 37.126'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 12' 56.40" N, 77° 37' 7.56" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8301-8303 Hancock Rd, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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