Massaponax Church

Massaponax Church (HMGL)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22407
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 11.593', W 77° 30.598'

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Council of War

— Lee vs. Grant — The 1864 Campaign —

Two weeks of fighting at Spotsylvania had resulted in a bloody draw. On May 21, 1864, the Army of the Potomac left its trenches outside the village and began moving east and south, hoping to lure the Confederated into the open where it could attack them to greater advantage.

At 10 a.m. Gens. U.S. Grant and George Meade broke camp near Spotsylvania. They reached Massaponax Church, on Telegraph Road, about noon. After a brief conference, the generals and the army moved on to Guinea Station.

Photographer Timothy O'Sullivan caught up with the Federal high command during their brief stopover at the church. He recorded a remarkable series of photographs of the generals and their staffs in conference.
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByCivil War Trails
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 5:45am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280194 N 4230231
Decimal Degrees38.19321667, -77.50996667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 11.593', W 77° 30.598'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 11' 35.58" N, 77° 30' 35.88" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5017-5035 Co Rd 608, Fredericksburg VA 22407, US
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