May 14 is the anniversary of the 1864 fight for Myer’s Hill during the battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Ulysses S. Grant planned for a massive assault against the Confederate right flank there, but poor roads delayed the movement of his army.
Instead, the 91st PA and 140th NY chased away the 9th Virginia Cavalry. Then, newly minted Brig. Gen. Emory Upton’s brigade arrived to hold the position. Nervous, he called for reinforcements, and the 2nd and 10th NJ came to bolster his forces. Shortly after their arrival, a Confederate counterattack drove the Federals from the hill and nearly captured Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade in the process. Meade counter-counterattacked, but by then, Robert E. Lee had ordered his men to abandon the position.
In 2018, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT) undertook an effort to preserve Myer’s Hill. Earlier this week, I took the opportunity to talk with CVBT’s executive director and assistant executive director—Terry Rensel and Sarah Kay Bierle—about the Myer’s Hill story. You can watch that interview on ECW’s YouTube page:
CVBT is still raising money to help preserve Myer’s Hill. You can support that effort here.
For more on the history of Myer’s Hill and the preservation efforts there, check out these posts from the ECW archives:
A Word on Behalf of Myer’s Hill on the 155th Anniversary (May 14, 2019)
Preservation News: The Work To Save Myer’s Hill Continues (Dec. 1, 2018)
John Henry Myer of Myer’s Hill (Nov. 1, 2018)