Confederate Earthworks

Confederate Earthworks (HM3KF)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 17.527', W 77° 43.478'

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Longstreet's troops began erecting these infantry entrenchments after fighting on the evening of May 6 and improved them the following day. This was a reserve line, the main Confederate position being a few hundred yards in font of you along modern Hill-Ewell Drive.

The small earthen mounds extending at right angles from the trenches are called traverses. They served two purposes: to protect against flanking artillery fire and to provide a new defensive front should enemy infantry pierce the line.

By 1864 the armies routinely constructed field fortifications displaying incredible effort and engineering skill. An elaborate defensive system could be built overnight. These earthworks incorporated logs as well as dirt and originally measured four to six feet in height. Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield contains outstanding examples of the soldiers' entrenching prowess.
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 8:24am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 261715 N 4241739
Decimal Degrees38.29211667, -77.72463333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.527', W 77° 43.478'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 31.62" N, 77° 43' 28.68" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6101-6299 State Rte 621, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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