The Climax

The Climax (HM4NG)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.042', W 77° 42.528'

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The Battle of the Wilderness

The Battle of the Wilderness climaxed here in the twilight of May 6, 1864. After a day of seesaw fighting in the woods behind you, the Confederates mounted a final effort to take the Plank Road-Brock Road intersection, 100 yards to your left. Thousands of Confederate troops tore through these woods, wrapped in the smoke of burning leaves and underbrush. Thousands of Union soldiers awaited them behind earthworks, the remains of which still stand about 40 yards ahead of you.

As the Confederates reached this point, piles of brush put here by Union soldiers slowed them. Union musket fire whipped through their ranks. Fire creeping eastward toward the Union works prevented their movement forward. Only in one place - the works opposite you - did the Confederates break through the Union line. But a Union counterattack quickly sealed the breach. The final Confederate attack ended in bloody repulse.
HM NumberHM4NG
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 5:56pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 263128 N 4242651
Decimal Degrees38.30070000, -77.70880000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.042', W 77° 42.528'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 2.52" N, 77° 42' 31.68" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10717-10719 Co Rd 613, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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