After four days of probing attacks, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant ordered a frontal assault against confederate lines at Spotsylvania Court House on 12 May 1864. The focal point of the attack was the Muleshoe Salient, an outward bulge in the Confederate line. While the II and IV Corps struck the head of the salient, resulting in the struggle for the "Bloody Angle", Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's IX Corps assaulted the Muleshoe's eastern face, know as Heth's Salient, located nearby. Confederate defenders, ensconced behind log works, repulsed the early morning attacks and at 2 p.m. counterattacked through this area. During more than 20 hours of fighting the Federals lost some 9,000 killed, wounded and captured. The Confederates lost and estimated 8,000 casualties.
Geographic Location: Spotsylvania County
Physical Description of Location: 9239 Courthouse Road (Virginia 208), just prior to traffic light to turn left to continue on Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553. Marker is on right when traveling south on Virginia 208, at wayside.
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