The Home of Widow Tapp

The Home of Widow Tapp (HM24G4)

Location: Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA 22551 Spotsylvania County
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N 38° 17.502', W 77° 43.572'

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The Battle of the Wilderness

In front of you is the site of Catherine Tapp's house, a 1.5-story log cabin surrounded by a corn crib, orchard, and stable. Union and Confederate forces swept past the dwelling, and at one point a Union shell passed through it. When Lt. Col, Theodore Lyman visited the Tapp farm area two years later, he found trees scarred by as many as a dozen bullets and some cut in two by artillery shells. Canteens, cups, knapsacks, and cartridge boxes littered the ground around you.

Mrs. Tapp and her children survived the battle unharmed. When the fighting started, they headed west down the orange Plank Road, taking refuge at a Confederate field hospital near Parker's Store. Phenie Tapp, who was a young girl at the time, remembered bullets kicking up dirt in the road as they fled.

"The Tapp still extant, and old woman and three daughters, all in a miserable log cabin, with a grand daughter named 'Tripheney Bermudey Tapp!' From these poor folks i got lots of information, of how A.P. Hill was utterly routed on the morning of the 6th, and 'we see his men runnin' up the road,' and how Longstreet's Corps passed the rebel hospital (where they had taken refuge) at the double quick, and Longstreet himself rode past, in hot haste, to restore the fight." Theodore Lyman, 1866

The Tapp

house just after the war.

A National Park Service historian interviews Eliza Frances "Phenie" Tapp in the 1930s. Phone was just four when the battle happened, she remembered "a lot of men in blue" and the sound of battle "like a big storm." "[We] hurried westward on the Plank Road to the rear and safety...Lare drops his the road and dust spurted up [like] it does when the first raindrops fall, before the ground gets wet."
HM NumberHM24G4
Placed ByFredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
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Date Added Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 261577 N 4241696
Decimal Degrees38.29170000, -77.72620000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.502', W 77° 43.572'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 30.12" N, 77° 43' 34.32" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Hill Ewell Dr, Spotsylvania Courthouse VA 22551, US
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