Confederate Catastrophe

Confederate Catastrophe (HM22M)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.662', W 77° 38.988'

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Near this spot around 9:15 p.m. on the night of May 2, 1863, the Confederate cause suffered disaster. As "Stonewall" Jackson and his party returned from their reconnaissance down the Mountain Road, Confederate musketry erupted south of the Plank Road (Route 3). The scattered fire rippled northward, directly across Jackson's path.

A Confederate officer yelled, "Cease firing! You are firing into your own men!" Through the darkness, a voice shouted back: "Who gave that order? It's a lie! Pour it into them, boys!" The flash from dozens of rifles illuminated the darkness. Two bullets crashed into Jackson's left arm; a third pierced his right hand. Later that night his left arm would be amputated. On May 10, 1863, Jackson died in a farm office at Guinea Station.
HM NumberHM22M
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 5:26pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 268321 N 4243648
Decimal Degrees38.31103333, -77.64980000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.662', W 77° 38.988'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 39.72" N, 77° 38' 59.28" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8823-8973 VA-3, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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