Grant's 1864 Overland Campaign Page14
Photos/narratives this page courtesy of Ed Conner, TN

   

(1984) Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield
 
The apex of the Mule Shoe Salient. The trees and fields in the background are the scene of the Union attack on May 12, 1864. This is the position taken by the Union troops of BG Francis Barlow's 1st Division, Second Corps, Army of the Potomac

  

(1984) Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield
 
No other place on the battlefield of Spotsylvania illustrates the sheer savagery of the battle as this one does. Sometime during the night of May 12, 1864, a 22-inch diameter oak tree standing approximately 300 yards west of the apex of the Mule Shoe collapsed; it had been chewed in two by small arms fire. Some time later, the stump was removed and taken to the War Department where it was displayed for many years

            

(1984) Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield
 
This photo was taken from the Confederate position at the Mule Shoe, looking out at the scene of the Union Attack

 

(1984) Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield
 
This shot is looking back at the Bloody Angle; the monument to the left is to the 15th N.J. Volunteers
 
The longest sustained intense fight of the Civil War occurred at the Bloody Angle, a slight bend on the west side of the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania. For up to 20 hours men were engaged in a hand-to-hand and close in fight that not even darkness put an end to

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