U. S. CIVIL WAR
May 8-21, 1864
Estimated Casualties: 30,000 total (US 18,000; CS 12,000)
After the Wilderness, Grant’s and Meade’s advance on Richmond by the left flank was stalled at Spotsylvania Court House on May 8. This two-week battle was a series of combats along the Spotsylvania front.
Spotsylvania Battlefield - May 10, 1864.
Troop positions are approximate.
(The National Park is in green.)
(Text Source: U.S. Gov't, National Park Service)
| ||Sedgwick, the highest-ranking Northern Officer to die on a Civil War Battlefield, was killed at Spotsylvania. (Go to the Ranking Information page for comments on this.)|| |
| ||The Sedgwick Monument and Plaque, at the entrance to the Park, mark the location where Sedgwick was killed. (For the text of the Plaque, click on its photo.)|| |
|The sides of the monument read:|
8TH MAY 1864
FIRST ASSAULT ON
THE DEFENCES OF
ON THIS FRONT
7TH MD. INF.
2ND DIV. 5TH CORPS
NEVER MIND CANNON
NEVER MIND BULLETS
PRESS ON AND CLEAR