The Wilderness of Spotsylvania County

The Wilderness of Spotsylvania County (HM33T)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22407
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.761', W 77° 39.047'

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The armies fought the Battle of Chancellorsville in the heart of a 70-square-mile region of tangled undergrowth known locally as the Wilderness. This inhospitable terrain added a new dimension of horror to the fighting on May 3. Fires erupted from muzzle blasts of rifles and cannon and spread rapidly through the thick woods. Some wounded soldiers, unable to escape the flames, faced a gruesome fate. Union general John C. Caldwell described the scene: "It was pitiful to see the charred bodies hugging the trees, or with hands outstretched, as if to ward off the flames. We saw around some of them little cleared circles where they had evidently raked away the dead leaves and sticks to stay the progress of the fire."
HM NumberHM33T
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 1:05am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 268240 N 4243833
Decimal Degrees38.31268333, -77.65078333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.761', W 77° 39.047'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 45.66" N, 77° 39' 2.82" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12930-12962 Bullock Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22407, US
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