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SPOTSYLVANIA CAMPAIGN


May 10, 1864. After a day of sporadic fighting, the Federal High Command sent Col. Emery Upton and twelve picked regiments of the VI Corps to strike the west face of the Confederate Salient. Starting in this vicinity near the Scott (Shelton) House, about 6 p.m., the troops moved silently down a winding forest road to surprise the Confederate line. They failed to hold their gains and retreated when Mott's Division of the II Corps did not support the attack as planned. Nevertheless, Upton's effort was brilliant and Grant promoted the youthful colonel to brigadier general on the spot.

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