Fighting for Time

Fighting for Time (HMFST)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 13.247', W 77° 35.605'

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— Battle of Spotsylvania Court House —

Throughout May 12, Confederates here waged a battle for critical minutes and hours. When Union troops swarmed over the east face of the Muleshoe Salient before dawn, Robert E. Lee knew instantly that the position - even if regained temporarily - could not be held permanently. But to build a new line farther to the rear, he needed time.

Though driven away in the first hour of the battle, the Confederates fought their way back into these works by 7 a.m. For the rest of the day they weathered repeated attacks, as Union troops built ragged, impromptu works to their front in an effort to close on the Confederate position. The fighting here transformed the landscape; the scars remain.

Ultimately the Confederates held this line long enough for Lee to establish a new line, a mile behind you. The cost: hundreds killed and wounded, all for nothing more substantial than ticks on the clock and a few inches of ravaged landscape.
Year Placed2009
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 11:10pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272970 N 4233491
Decimal Degrees38.22078333, -77.59341667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 13.247', W 77° 35.605'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 13' 14.82" N, 77° 35' 36.30" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-299 Bloody Angle Dr, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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