Artillery works preserved.
It was one of the many curious coincidences of this battlefield region that the very road over which Jackson
marched to flank Howard
—known as the Brock
road—was also the point which a year later Hancock
told General Getty
to hold at all hazards.
It was then the line of communication for the Union
army, when Grant
was moving toward Spotsylvania
The point where the Orange turnpike
crosses the Brock
road was reached in a few minutes after passing the point where Wadsworth
There was desperate fighting along here between Hancock
road is still lined with the defensive works built by the Union
army, while the artillery works erected by Barlow
, on Hancock
's extreme left, were found in a wonderful state of preservation.
They could even now be used at a moment's notice.
They stand in a small field on the brow of a hill, with woods surrounding.
‘I remember,’ said Major Hine
, as he pointed across the field, ‘that I was sent with two regiments to cut down about 500 acres of, oak over there, so as to give ample play to our guns.’
The trenches are in the deep woods and are covered with a carpet of pine needles.
They are nearly all still waist-deep.
The forest is very thick—very much as it must have been when the trenches were built, and when Hancock
reported that his men could not see a hundred yards ahead.