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Dick Ewell was raring for a fight. When a subordinate approached him early on May 5, 1864, and asked Ewell about his orders, the balding, pop-eyed general piped up cheerily: "... Just the orders I like - to go right down the [turnpike] and strike …
1st NC Cavalry and Ewell's lead infantry regiments fought Sedgwick's three divisions throughout Lake of the Woods Golf Course.
Regiments from Nine States in Lake of the WoodsMay 5, 1864
Union InfantryMaine 5th, 6th, 7thNew Jersey 1st, 2nd, 3…
Before Sunset on May 6, 1864From this site, you would have seen Confederate Brig. Gen. John B. Gordon quietly assembled ten regiments between here and the woods, across the lake, at Madison Cir.
In those woods, Union Brig. Gen. T. Seymour had o…
On This Site Stood a Union 6th Corps Field Hospital
On Spotswood's Farm were 4 Medical Wagons, 14 Six-Mule Wagons, 24 Tents, 3 Medical Officers and 34 Attendants, in addition to about 15 Ambulances and 80 Men from the Corp's Ambulance Company.
Home of Colonial Governor Alexander Spotswoodand formerly the site ofFort Germanna, 1714
Archaeological excavation byMary Washington College,Center for Historic Preservation
"In the fight of Johnson's Division on last Friday I was under as warm a musketry fire as I have experienced for a good while—certainly worse than I have been in since Sharpsburg." — Lt. Col. Alexander S. "Sandie" Pendleton, CSA
"Several efforts were made to charge the hostile line, but as these attempts were made by single brigades, without proper deliberation and without co-operation on the part of the other forces to the right and left, they naturally resulted in nothi…
"We soon struck the Yankee skirmishers and drove them back through the woods to an open field, where we ran into French's entire corps and into about the hottest place that could be imagined." — Capt. William B. Colston, 2nd Virginia Infantr…
"We gained a slight rise in the land behind an old worm fence. The enemy had fallen back under cover of a piece of woods well in our front. Soon they came out in splendid battle array, with waving banners, and charged our position. It was a desper…
"[It was] ? as warm a contest as this regiment was ever engaged in. ? It seemed as if the enemy was throwing minie-balls upon us by the bucket-full, when the battle got fairly under way." — Member of the 3rd North Carolina Infantry, CSA