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Spotsylvania Court House - Harris Farm, May 19, 1864

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Spotsylvania Court House - Harris Farm, May 19, 1864
Spotsylvania Court House - Harris Farm, May 19, 1864
Steven Stanley / American Battlefield Trust

American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House - Harris Farm

The Battle of Harris Farm represents the last offensive action of the two-and-a-half week Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. The Confederate Second Corps, under the command of General Richard Ewell moved from their entrenched position north of the town, in search of the enemy. Ewell’s undersized corps located the main Federal supply line and pitched into the Federals. A fierce seesaw battle ensued. The Confederates quickly realized they had kicked up a hornet's nest, as thousands of Federals converged on their position. In a poor positioned and outnumbered, the Confederates looked for a way out. Mother Nature provided the means of escape. Rain and darkness covered the field, as the Confederates slipped away from the Federals grasp. The brief but fierce contest cost Ewell some 1,000 of the 6,000 men, he carried into battle. The next day, the Federals initiated the next phase of the campaign. Withdrawing from Spotsylvania and racing south to the North Anna River.

Learn more: Battle of Spotsylvania Court House