The Battle Of Mine Run
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 19.934 W 077° 49.709
18S E 252767 N 4246464
Quick Description: Gen. Meade's Federal troops and Gen. Lee's Confederate army clashed at Mine Run in Orange County, Virginia in the winter of 1863.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 6/27/2011 4:57:34 PM
Waymark Code: WMBWJ0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member LSUMonica
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Long Description:
In November 1863, after the battle at Gettysburg, as the Union and Confederate armies returned to Virginia in prep for winter encampment, they fought several skirmishes along the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers. Union Gen. George C. Meade decided to attack Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's rear by crossing the relatively unprotected fords on the Rapidan near Locust Grove. Heavy rains caused Meade costly delays in moving his army. Meanwhile, Lee was alerted by a scout of the Federal movement and shifted his troops to block Meade's maneuvers.

On November 27, fighting broke out at Payne's Farm when the two armies blundered into each other. On December 1, Meade, faced with brutal winter conditions and the Confederate's strong entrenchments along Mine Run, called off the campaign and withdrew back across the Rapidan.

A 1.5-mile self-guided walking trail through the Payne's Farm battlefield was opened in 2011 as a part of the Civil War Discovery Trail network. There are 11 interpretive signs through the woods and field that have virtually been untouched by encroaching development.¹ The coordinates are to the start of the trail at Zoar Baptist Church where there are a CWDT wayside marker and three interpretive signs. Parking is available on the church's grounds.

¹ Click for press release to open in new window Press release: Walking Trail Opened on Payne's Farm Battlefield, Click for news article to open in new window Article: Visitors now can explore Payne's Farm battlefield


Type of site: Battlefield

Zoar Baptist Church
31334 Zoar Road
Locust Grove, VA USA

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
Rt. 3 west from Fredericksburg to left on Rt. 20/Constitution Hwy, right on Rt. 611/Zoar Rd to CWDT marker at church on left

Phone Number: Not listed

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