The Confederate Defense

The Confederate Defense (HM4JD)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 19.035', W 77° 45.547'

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Confederate troops commanded by General Richard S. Ewell arrived on this ridge line on the morning of May 5. Ordered by General Lee not to initiate a battle, Ewell placed 10,000 men along this high ground on either side of the Orange Turnpike (present day Route 20) and prepared earthworks. None of the Union attacks on this side of the road succeeded, although the 140th New York briefly grappled hand-to-hand here with their opponents from North Carolina and Virginia. The Federals did break Ewell's line across the highway, killing Confederate General John M. Jones in the process. A Southern counterattack, however, drove the Unionists out of the woods and back across Saunders' Field.
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 12:19am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 258782 N 4244618
Decimal Degrees38.31725000, -77.75911667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.035', W 77° 45.547'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 2.10" N, 77° 45' 32.82" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 35401 VA-20, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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