Crisis in the Wilderness

Crisis in the Wilderness (HM3KB)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 17.365', W 77° 43.617'

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A celebrated battlefield episode of the Civil War happened here at the Widow Tapp Field on the morning of May 6, 1864. The Army of Northern Virginia and its commander, R.E. Lee, faced disaster on the Orange Plank Road as a powerful Union attack swept A.P. Hill's Confederate divisions from the woods one-half mile in front of you. James Longstreet's long-expected Confederate reinforcements had not yet arrived, so only a thin line of artillery stood between the approaching Federals and decisive victory in the Wilderness.

This trail leads a short distance into the Widow Tapp Field to exhibits that describe the dramatic events that saved the Confederate army, and perhaps its famous commander. From there, a 30-minute loop trail visits three other points of interest.
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 8:39am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 261503 N 4241445
Decimal Degrees38.28941667, -77.72695000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.365', W 77° 43.617'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 21.90" N, 77° 43' 37.02" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11301 State Rte 621, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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