The Capture of Winslow's Battery

The Capture of Winslow's Battery (HM24G6)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 19.044', W 77° 45.378'

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The Battle of the Wilderness

The May 5 fighting in Saunders Field was waxing hot when Captain George B. Winslow received orders to rush two guns of Battery D, 1st New York Artillery, to the front to support Union attacks here. Dashing down the turnpike at a trot, Winslow's men crossed the ditch in front of you, unlimbered their guns across the road, and began firing into the entwined masses ahead—for a time killing friend and foe alike.

Winslow quickly saw the impossibility of his task and ordered the cannon to withdraw. Before they could, Union infantry in Winslow's front gave way, and Confederates surged towards the artillerists. The two limbered guns stalled at the ditch. Before gun crews could save the pieces, the Confederates were upon them. with their horses shot and their infantry support gone, the Union artillerymen had no choice but to abandon the guns.

"The guns were fought to the last and lost as honorably as guns could be lost."
Colonel Charles S. Wainwright
Chief of Fifth Corps Artillery

This exhibit is dedicated in memory of John H. (Pete) Clark, Jr.
HM NumberHM24G6
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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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 259029 N 4244627
Decimal Degrees38.31740000, -77.75630000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.044', W 77° 45.378'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 2.64" N, 77° 45' 22.68" 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 35401-35425 VA-20, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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