Todd's Tavern

Todd's Tavern (HM1SL)

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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Clash of Cavalry

— Lee vs. Grant - The 1864 Campaign —

On May 7, 1864, Union Gen. George Meade ordered his chief of cavalry, Gen. Philip Sheridan, to clear the road to Spotsylvania. Barring the way was a division of Confederate cavalry commanded by Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, posted here at Todd's Tavern. Sheridan attacked Lee with two divisions. Wesley Merritt engaged the Confederates' attention on the Brock Road, one mile to your right, while David M. Gregg struck at them via the Catharpin Road, behind you.

Finding himself outflanked, Fitz Lee withdrew to the Piney Branch Road junction, two miles to your left. For the next eighteen hours, his troops continued to hinder the Union army's march by felling trees across the Brock Road and shooting Union cavalrymen who tried to clear them out of the way. Lee's stiff resistance slowed the Union army's progress and ultimately led to the Confederates winning the race to Spotsylvania.
HM NumberHM1SL
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByCivil War Trails
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 11:08am 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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