Ordeal of the Wellfords

Ordeal of the Wellfords (HM212)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 16.801', W 77° 38.755'

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The Battle of Chancellorsville

In December 1862 the Wellford family fled Fredericksburg to escape the ravages of battle. Five months later war found them again - here, in a commodious brick home that stood in the field in front of you. On April 30, Union troops arrived. "About 20 visited us," wrote Evelina Wellford, "searching the house for arms and Confederates, shooting the fowls, and stealing provisions, of which we had a scant supply."

On May 2, as Jackson's flanking column passed by and the rattle of approaching Union battle lines neared, the Wellfords piled trunks into carts and "hurriedly took our departure for the woods, making as good time as you might imagine under the circumstances." The Wellfords returned days later to a damaged home. "I think," wrote Evelina Wellford, "a few more moves of the kind will just break us up entirely."
HM NumberHM212
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 3:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 268562 N 4240196
Decimal Degrees38.28001667, -77.64591667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 16.801', W 77° 38.755'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 16' 48.06" N, 77° 38' 45.30" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11671-11699 Jackson Trail E, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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