A Mass Capture

A Mass Capture (HMFSS)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
Buy Virginia State flags at Flagstore.com!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at Flagstore.com!

N 38° 13.289', W 77° 35.651'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites

— Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —

As the first rays of daylight filtered through the rain-drenched woods here on May 12, the men of General George H. Steuart's brigade heard a commotion up the line, to their left. Moments later, through the shifting mists, they saw a human tidal wave: 20,000 Union soldiers of General Winfield S. Hancock's Union Second Corps sweeping down the lines to their left and rear. Surprised and defenseless, more than 3,000 Confederate soldiers had little choice but to surrender - one of the largest battlefield captures of the war.

Among the captives were General Steuart and his superior, General Edward Johnson. Steuart was standing beside an artillery battery in this vicinity when the Federals appeared. As the cannon next to him recoiled, its trail struck the general, knocking him to the ground. Before he could regain his feet, Hancock's men were swarming around him. Steuart was a prisoner. He and Johnson would spend three months in Union captivity.

After their capture, Steuart and Johnson were hustled back to Hancock's headquarters at the Landram house. Hancock knew both Johnson and Stuart from pre-war days. Johnson readily shook his captor's hand, but Steuart refused, saying, "Under the circumstances, I decline to take your hand."

An angry Hancock shot back: "And under any other circumstances I should not have offered it."

Placed under the guard of African-American soldiers, the two generals began the trek to Union prison camps. Hancock provided Johnson with an ambulance. Steuart walked.
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 12:40am PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272905 N 4233571
Decimal Degrees38.22148333, -77.59418333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 13.289', W 77° 35.651'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 13' 17.34" N, 77° 35' 39.06" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 Bloody Angle Dr, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. This marker needs at least one picture.
  10. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  11. Is the marker in the median?