Todd's Tavern

Todd's Tavern (HM1SI)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 14.849', W 77° 40.119'

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March to Spotsylvania

— Lee vs. Grant - The 1864 Campaign —

After two days on inconclusive fighting in the Wilderness, Union Gen. U.S. Grant determined to push on to Spotsylvania Court House, ten miles south. Possession of the roads near Spotsylvania would give the Army of the Potomac the inside track, forcing Lee to either attack or race it to Richmond using a longer route. Just as important, marching to Spotsylvania would get the Union army out of the Wilderness and into more open ground, where it could use its superior numbers to full advantage.

Grant's men began their march to Spotsylvania after dark, May 7, 1864. The Fifth and Second Corp took the Brock Road (the same route you have been traveling); the Sixth and Ninth Corps followed roads farther to the east. Unknown to Grant, Lee's army was headed to Spotsylvania too. The outcome of the campaign would hinge on which army reached the town first.

(Sidebar, copy of orders to General Meade from General Grant):
Headquarters Armies of the United States
May 7, 1864—6.30 a.m.
Major-General Meade,
Commanding Army of the Potomac:
General: Make all preparations during the day for a night march, to take position at Spotsylvania Court-House...

U.S. Grant
HM NumberHM1SI
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByCivil War Trails
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 12:46pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 266469 N 4236642
Decimal Degrees38.24748333, -77.66865000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 14.849', W 77° 40.119'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 14' 50.94" N, 77° 40' 7.14" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9626 Brock Rd, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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