The Union Army Escapes

The Union Army Escapes (HM8AT)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.787', W 77° 38.693'

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After dark, May 5, 1863, Union soldiers left their trenches and began making their way toward U.S. Ford. A cold rain drenched the soldiers to the skin and turned the woodland roads to mud. At the ford, the Rappahannock River rose five feet in three hours, overflowing its banks. Union engineers hastily dismantled one of the three pontoon bridges in order to lengthen the other two. Hooker's generals advised him to cancel the movement, but still the retreat continued.

At dawn, Confederate troops crept forward from these trenches and discovered that the Federals were gone. Lee ordered immediate pursuit. "Go after them!" he snapped to Brig. Gen. Dorsey Pender, "Damage them all you can!" But it was too late. By 8 a.m., the last Union brigade had safely crossed the river, and engineers cut the bridges free. The Army of the Potomac would live to fight another day.
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 12:21pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 268757 N 4243867
Decimal Degrees38.31311667, -77.64488333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.787', W 77° 38.693'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 47.22" N, 77° 38' 41.58" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9001 Plank Rd, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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