The Higgerson Farm

The Higgerson Farm (HM3IZ)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.516', W 77° 44.994'

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The Battle of the Wilderness

Before you are the fields of the Higgerson Farm, one of only a few major clearings on the Wilderness Battlefield. On the afternoon of May 5, Union troops swept across this open space, bound for bewildering combat in the thickets to the north and west.

When the Federals trampled her fence and garden, Permelia Higgerson emerged from her house, berated the Yankees, and predicted their quick repulse. "We didn't pay much attention to what she said," admitted a Pennsylvanian, "but the result proved that she was right."

After a succession of bloody clashes in the distant woods, the Federals retreated back across this field. Mrs. Higgerson taunted them as they passed.

"At Chickamauga there was at least a rear, but here there ain't neither front nor rear. It's all a —————- mess! And our two armies ain't nothin but howlin' mobs!"
- A Confederate prisoner to his captors
HM NumberHM3IZ
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Historical Park, National Park Service
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 12:34pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 259559 N 4243634
Decimal Degrees38.30860000, -77.74990000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.516', W 77° 44.994'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 30.96" N, 77° 44' 59.64" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6047 Hill Ewell Dr, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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