"Spotsylvania Battlefield" Fredericksburg Things to Do Tip by Tom_Fields
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In 1864, the Union Army was again on the offensive. This time, under the leadership of General Ulysses S. Grant, the Yankees won a very bloody victory here at Spotsylvania. This was the longest sustained engagement of the Civil War--about 20 straight hours of bitter close combat.
This long battle of pitted a numerically superior Union force against a tough but battered Rebel force. Losses were heavy on both sides, but the Union could absorb those losses. By this time, the Confederacy clearly could not--and Grant knew it. So he wore down his enemy through attrition.
The hardest fighting occurred at a salient that became known as the Mule Shoe, or Bloody Angle. The terrible losses there forced Lee to retreat. After making one last stand south of there, he finally quit the field with the remnant of his army.
This is the best-preserved of Virginia's Civil War battlefields. Many parts, especially the Bloody Angle, still appear very much as they did during the war. It is best to get a visitor's map at one of the visitor centers, start at the entrance, and follow the battle from point to point on the map. The details of the fight are too much to include here.
Address: 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Directions: The entrance is on Route 613, about two miles northwest of the town of Spotsylvania. To learn more, go to the Visitor Center in Fredericksburg. Check the website or Visitor Center for information about guided tours.
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