Valuable Crossroads

Valuable Crossroads (HM2QU)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22551 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.037', W 77° 42.564'

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Battle of the Wilderness

Just after noon on May 5, 1864, Union troops raced toward this intersection. With Confederates from General A.P. Hill's corps sweeping down the Orange Plank Road from the west, blue-clad troops under George W. Getty arrived here just moments before the Confederates. The Federals immediately started building earthworks to defend the crossroads. The remnants of those works are still visible along the Brock Road.

Later on May 5, men of the Union Second Corps launched attacks westward from these earthworks. They did not get far. About 200 yards behind you, they crashed into Hill's line, entrenched among the leaves. For the next five hours, fighting raged in these woods. Neither side gained an advantage. Thousands fell. May 6 promised a bloody renewal of the contest for the Plank Road-Brock Road intersection.
HM NumberHM2QU
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 4:37pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 263075 N 4242643
Decimal Degrees38.30061667, -77.70940000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.037', W 77° 42.564'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 2.22" N, 77° 42' 33.84" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10717-10719 State Rte 621, Spotsylvania VA 22551, US
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