23rd USCT At the Alrich Farm

23rd USCT At the Alrich Farm (HM1FKV)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 16.948', W 77° 37.272'

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The first combat in the Civil War between United
States Colored Troops and Confederates north of
the James River occurred near here. On 15 May
1864, Confederate Brig. Gen. Thomas Rosser pushed
forward a cavalry detachment along Catharpin
Road to determine the position of the Union army.
His men encountered—and pushed back—the 2nd
Ohio Cavalry. To support the cavalry, the nearby
23rd United States Colored Infantry hurried
forward to the intersection of Catharpin Road
and Orange Plank Road. After skirmishing with
the Confederates, the 23rd charged and caused
Rosser to withdraw.
Marker NumberEM-3
Year Placed2013
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 8:55pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 270732 N 4240406
Decimal Degrees38.28246667, -77.62120000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 16.948', W 77° 37.272'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 16' 56.88" N, 77° 37' 16.32" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11717 Catharpin Rd, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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