Morning of May 6

Morning of May 6 (HM4JI)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 19.402', W 77° 45.773'

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On the morning of May 6, the main focus of the battle shifted more than two miles south, to the Orange Plank Road. Here, north of the Orange Turnpike, both armies planned early morning attacks as diversions to prevent the enemy from detaching more troops to the Plank Road sector.

The Confederates struck first. At 4:30 a.m., the Wilderness erupted with a deafening chorus of artillery and small arms. The Southerners closed with their blueclad opponents, only to feel the shock of Union volleys fired at point blank range. Ewell's men fell back to this line of trenches where they in turn repulsed Federal counterassaults. By mid-morning this area grew relatively quiet while the armies clashed in earnest a few miles south.
HM NumberHM4JI
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 4:31am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 258473 N 4245306
Decimal Degrees38.32336667, -77.76288333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.402', W 77° 45.773'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 24.12" N, 77° 45' 46.38" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1200-1256 Church Ln, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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