Spotsylvania National Military Park
The Battle of Spotsylvania
Court House, Virginia was a micro-siege lasting from May 8 to 21, 1864.
The fiercest day of combat came on May 12 when Union Lieutenant General
Ulysses S. Grant ordered an attack on the center of General Robert E.
Lee's Confederate lines that were entrenched in a C-shaped spot known
as the Mule Shoe Salient. Fighting ranks deep, troops on both sides
were assailed by heavy musket fire and engaged in hand-to-hand combat
all along the line, especially at the bend they called the Bloody Angle.