Spotsylvania Stump

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/30/2010

Until May 12, 1864, this shattered stump was a large oak tree in a rolling meadow just outside Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia. The same fury of rifle bullets that cut down 2,000 combatants tore away all but twenty-two inches of the tree's trunk. Several of the conical minie balls (bullets) are still deeply embedded in the wood. Unusual objects of war such as this tree stump, come to symbolize the horror and heroism of battle. 

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