What does this cement block have to do with the battle of the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania Court House?
The concrete block is all that remains of a marker erected by one-time landowner Edward Stuart to mark the spot of a 22-inch oak tree shot down by bullets during the fighting at the Bloody Angle on May 12, 1864.
The stump is on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History. I had the chance a while back—before COVID—to pay a visit to the stump in the museum, and I’ve been saving up my adventure to share it on the anniversary of the battle. Check it out on the ECW YouTube page!