"A Wild, Wicked Roar"

"A Wild, Wicked Roar" (HM24FQ)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.947', W 77° 45.466'

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The Battle of the Wilderness

The arrival of Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell's Confederate Second Corps here along the Orange Turnpike on the morning of May 5 challenged the Union march through the Wilderness. At midday more than 6,000 troops of the Union Fifth corps moved forward on a jagged, mile-long front.

The spearhead of the assault struck Ewell's line here, on the western edge of Saunders Field. Three Union brigades (coming toward you) rolled over the Confederate line. The victorious Unionists plunged forward through thickets and brambles to your left-rear for nearly a half mile.

Ewell rallied his men, and soon "a wild, wicked roar" of musketry engulfed the Union lines. Without support, the Federals stopped, then retreated. Thousands of blue-clad fugitives dashed back across Saunders Field. The Confederates started building the powerful earthworks you see in front of you. After the attack here on May 5, the heaviest fighting would move southward, to the Orange Plank Road.

Union troops of Gouverneur K. Warren's Fifth Corps attack across Saunders Field, May 5, 1864.
HM NumberHM24FQ
Placed ByFredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 258895 N 4244451
Decimal Degrees38.31578333, -77.75776667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.947', W 77° 45.466'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 56.82" N, 77° 45' 27.96" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Hill Ewell Dr, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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