Grant's Headquarters

Grant's Headquarters (HM3IM)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Orange County
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N 38° 19.355', W 77° 44.043'

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The Battle of the Wilderness

On May 5, 1864, this knoll was bordered by a second growth of scraggly pines and scrub oak. From here Grant and Meade could see little of the battle. Instead, they relied on subordinates to keep them apprised of the situation at the front. In the evenings the generals retired to their camp at the foot of the knoll, between here and the Germanna Plank Road (Modern Route 3). Otherwise, they rarely left this spot.

Over the next three days, as the two armies grappled in the deep woods, Grant and Meade remained at this knoll, sending and receiving dispatches as they fed troops into the battle. More than once Meade lost his temper. Outwardly Grant remained calm, but his nervous puffing of cigars and whittling of sticks showed that he too felt the strain.

"Grant and Meadepent most of the day at their post on the hill, waiting for further intelligence. They sat or lay on the ground, and discussed the chances, and studied their maps, and read the dispatches?and listened constantly for the outburst of musketry which should tell that the battle was renewed."
- Adam Badeau, Aide-de-camp
HM NumberHM3IM
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 4:39am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 260991 N 4245144
Decimal Degrees38.32258333, -77.73405000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.355', W 77° 44.043'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 21.30" N, 77° 44' 2.58" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 36437-36545 VA-20, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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