Death of Maxcy Gregg

Death of Maxcy Gregg (HM25E)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22408
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 15.083', W 77° 26.634'

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General Maxcy Gregg fell mortally wounded near this spot on December 13, 1862. Fiery and uncompromising on the issues of slavery and states' rights, the South Carolina lawyer had been an early and ardent proponent of secession. When war came, Gregg, like many pre-war politicians, sought a place at the head of his state's troops. Having voted to take his state out of the Union, he was willing to fight - and die - to keep it out.

When, at midday on December 13, Union troops broke into the woods in front of you, Gregg at first misidentified them as Confederate pickets. He ordered his South Carolinians, atop this ridge, to hold their fire - a fatal mistake. A union bullet struck Gregg in the side, piercing his spine. Two days later he died, having assured the governor of his state, "I yield my life cheerfully, fighting for the independence of South Carolina."
HM NumberHM25E
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 5:58am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286151 N 4236531
Decimal Degrees38.25138333, -77.44390000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 15.083', W 77° 26.634'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 15' 4.98" N, 77° 26' 38.04" W
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Area Code(s)540, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2401 Lee Dr, Fredericksburg VA 22408, US
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