Grant Comes to Virginia

Grant Comes to Virginia (HM4K2)

Location: Locust Grove, VA 22508 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 19.339', W 77° 44.032'

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The Battle of Fredericksburg

This short trail leads to "Grant's Knoll." For three days Gen. Ulysses S. Grant made his headquarters here, issuing orders that would determine the fate of armies and men. President Abraham Lincoln had recently appointed Grant general-in-chief over Union armies throughout the country. Rather than remain in Washington, Grant chose to travel with Gen. George G. Meade's Army of the Potomac, which was battling Lee's Confederates here in Virginia. Grant hoped to infuse the Union army with his own relentless drive and determination. He succeeded.

Grant's strategy was simple: hammer at the South day in and day out until it buckled under the weight of superior Union manpower and resources. The results were bloody but effective. In less than a year, the Confederate army in Virginia was battered into submission.

"We must make up our minds to get into line of battle and stay there; for that man [Grant] will fight us every day and every hour till the end of this war."
-Confederate General James Longstreet
HM NumberHM4K2
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania Natioanl Military Park - National Park Service
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 11:54am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 261007 N 4245114
Decimal Degrees38.32231667, -77.73386667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.339', W 77° 44.032'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 20.34" N, 77° 44' 1.92" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 36437-36545 VA-20, Locust Grove VA 22508, US
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