Artillery Duel

Artillery Duel (HM1TW)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.446', W 77° 38.628'

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On the morning of May 3, 1863, Union artillery at Fairview suffered the most intense artillery bombardment of the battle. More than 40 Confederate guns at Hazel Grove (visible 1,200 yards in front of you) concentrated their fire on 34 Union cannon here at Fairview. After five hours of fighting, the Union guns withdrew, and the Union infantry slowly fell back into the Chancellorsville clearing. They left behind stunning carnage.

We...reached the brow of the hill where...our own cannon had been in action... [A] gruesome sight met our eyes; it was the bodies of nearly a hundred horses scattered around the field in the rear of where the artillery had been engaged; all were lying on their backs with their feet in the air, their bodies swollen enormously. Not along had men suffered and died.
Corporal Rice C. Bull, 123rd New York Infantry
HM NumberHM1TW
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 12:41am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 268834 N 4243233
Decimal Degrees38.30743333, -77.64380000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.446', W 77° 38.628'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 26.76" N, 77° 38' 37.68" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4201-4507 Berry Paxton Rd, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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