Tag Archives: Tanner’s Battery

Was this really a Federal Line? – REWRITTEN April 11 and April 21, May 5.

Went out on Monday morning and shot a video of the inner of the two lines shown in the screen grab above. This line has been historically considered to be a line built by the Federals sometime during their occupation of the area after the initial charge of May 12. They would have incorporated it […]

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The Second Line of Confederate Works near the McCoull Lane – washing away

In March of 2014 I was exploring the area adjacent to the West McCoull Lane looking for the elusive traces of the location of Tanners Battery May 11-2, 1864. This battery had been very near Carrington’s battery that day. In … Continue reading

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Artillery used like shotguns – the Confederate Ammunition Supply at Spotsylvania

It has been said that at Spotsylvania the Confederates used their artillery like giant shotguns. Short ranges and the need to add power to the infantries line necessitated just that. The guns by and large were in the trenches, firing … Continue reading

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“A Small Offset” (updated with results of field visit 3/15/14)

“Tanner’s battery was placed into the line being in a small offset”. The words of Wilfred Cutshaw who commanded the battalion. For more time than I am willing to admit I have tried to fit those words into what I … Continue reading

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Wilfred Cutshaw left us several hints

Of the two artillery batteries in the Mule Shoe the night of the 11th of May 1864 we know the least about Tanner’s Battery. While we know exactly where Carrington’s Charlottesville Artillery, we cant say the same about Tanner. However … Continue reading

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“There is no enemy in reach that way” Artillery at the West Angle – Part Three

The centerpiece to the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse was Hancock’s assault on the Mule Shoe in the early morning hours of May 12th. This assault initially exceeded even the most optimistic Federal expectations, and came close to a defeat of … Continue reading

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Before the storm – The guns at the West Angle – Part Two

One of the most common misconceptions about the battle on May 12th is that all the Confederate artillery had been withdrawn from the “Mule Shoe”on Lee’s order during the afternoon of the 11th. In this, the second part of our … Continue reading

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