Battle of the Wilderness

Battle of the Wilderness (HM4JR)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 19.053', W 77° 45.378'

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Wilderness Exhibit Shelter

— East Wall —

The Armies

The Army of the Potomac
Throughout the winter of 1863-1864, the armies rested and refitted on opposites sides of the Rapidan River. The ranks of the Union army swelled with thousands of new draftees and recruits - soldiers whose commitment to the cause many questioned.

"Never in a war...did the rank and file feel a more resolute earnestness for a just cause, and a more invincible determination to succeed...."
Wilbur Fisk, 2nd Vermont Infantry, April 7, 1864

Commander: Major General George Gordon Meade
Strength: 120,000 men and 275 cannon

The Army of Northern Virginia
The Confederates struggled to keep their existing regiments full. In the Wilderness they would bring to the battle 13,000 fewer men than they had fielded at Gettysburg the year before.

"The troops are all in excellent spirits, and eager for the fray. Gen. Grant's glory will soon vanish away, and his great name buried along with those of his unfortunate predecessors."
Samuel Clyde, 2nd South Carolina Infantry, April 28, 1864

Commander: General Robert E. Lee
Strength: 60,000 men and 226 cannon
HM NumberHM4JR
Series This marker is part of the Battlefield Trails - Civil War series
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 6:26pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 259029 N 4244644
Decimal Degrees38.31755000, -77.75630000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.053', W 77° 45.378'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 3.18" N, 77° 45' 22.68" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 35401-36383 VA-20, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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