In the Nick of Time

In the Nick of Time (HM24G5)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 17.408', W 77° 43.575'

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The Battle of the Wilderness

Here, for a few moments on the bright spring morning of May 6, 1864, Robert E. Lee faced disaster for his army. The woods to your right and the fields in front of you swarmed with Union troops. The artillery behind you stood as the only organized resistance to this massive Union attack. The guns boomed; cannoneers, including General A.P. Hill himself, worked the pieces frantically.

Then General James Longstreet's corps arrived. "Keep cool men," Longstreet said, "we will straighten this out in a short time." Though exhausted from a 26-mile march, Longstreet's columns formed into a line of battle on either side of the Orange Plank Road (to your right). Anxious to drive the Federals back, Lee rode to Longstreet's men, determined to lead them into battle.

"I have often seen Gen. Lee, but never did i see him so excited, so disturbed - never did anxiety or care manifest itself before so plainly upon his countenance."A Confederate Staff Officer

General Robert E. Lee
General James Longstreet
HM NumberHM24G5
Placed ByFredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Miltary 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 261567 N 4241523
Decimal Degrees38.29013333, -77.72625000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.408', W 77° 43.575'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 24.48" N, 77° 43' 34.5" 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 11325 Orange Plank Rd, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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