Mayhem in the Muleshoe

Mayhem in the Muleshoe (HM6MO)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 13.211', W 77° 35.997'

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— The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —

Surrounded on all sides by low ridge lines, Neil MccCoull's house sat in the center of the famous Muleshoe Salient. On the night of May 8, 1864, Confederate engineers built the bulging line of earthworks that wrapped around McCoull's farm to the west, north and east. When Union troops broke through the Muleshoe on May 12, Confederates swarmed over McCoull's farm, desperate to reclaim their lines.

Thousands of troops passed by this house en route to some of the most desperate fighting the world had ever seen - at the Bloody Angle, only a few hundred yards in front of you. Hundreds of thousands of bullets pelted the earth around the house; artillery shells by the hundreds screeched overhead. When the Confederates fell back to a new line early on the morning of May 13, they left behind McCoull's bullet-riddled house and a field strewn with corpses.
HM NumberHM6MO
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 10:17am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272397 N 4233441
Decimal Degrees38.22018333, -77.59995000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 13.211', W 77° 35.997'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 13' 12.66" N, 77° 35' 59.82" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 41255 McCoull Dr, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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