Crisis in Tapp Field

Crisis in Tapp Field (HM3JK)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22551 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 17.666', W 77° 43.485'

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Battle of the Wilderness

Here on the morning of May 6, 1864, Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his army faced perhaps their greatest crisis. Soon after dawn, hundreds of disorganized Confederates tumbled from the woods to your left, driven by a powerful Union assault. As the Confederates swept past, only General Lee, his staff, and some 12 cannon stood between the Union army and Confederate disaster.

Southern reinforcements under Longstreet were on the way, but would they arrive in time to prevent Lee's destruction? Lee fretted as he rarely had. The Confederate artillery fired furiously but only slowed the Federals. Then, as the Union troops advanced into this field, the Texas Brigade, the first of Longstreet's corps, trotted eastward up the Plank Road.

Lee rode to the head of the column, intent on personally leading it into battle, but the Texans stopped him. "Lee to the rear!" they shouted refusing to move forward until the general retreated to safety. He did, and they moved forward - commencing a counterattack that would drive the Federals away.
HM NumberHM3JK
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Historical Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 3:22am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 261712 N 4241996
Decimal Degrees38.29443333, -77.72475000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.666', W 77° 43.485'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 39.96" N, 77° 43' 29.10" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-123 Hill Ewell Dr, Spotsylvania VA 22551, US
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