McCoull Spring - Spotsylvania Court House VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 13.245 W 077° 35.939
18S E 272483 N 4233501
Quick Description: The McCoull farm suffered severe damage during the fighting at Bloody Angle, but their spring was a valuable source of water to the Confederates.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 3/31/2012 4:45:25 PM
Waymark Code: WME41H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
Views: 2

Long Description:
The McCoull farm stood right in the middle of the fighting at the Muleshoe Salient on the Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield. The McCoull property was devastated by the battle, but their spring which stood below the house proved invaluable to the thirsty, hot soldiers. A historical marker at the spring reads:

McCOULL SPRING

THIS SPRING HAS ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT
TO THE McCOULL FAMILY BUT ON MAY 12,
1864 IT BECAME A VITAL SOURCE OF
REJUVENATION TO HUNDREDS OF CONFED-
ERATES INVOLVED IN THE FIGHTING AT
THE BLOODY ANGLE. COLONEL CHARLES S.
VENABLE, AN AIDE-dE-CAMP TO LEE,
REMEMBERED SEEING GEN. ROBERT E. RODES
"NEAR THE FAMOUS SPRING" ORDERING
FRESH TROOPS INTO THE STRUGGLE AT
THE SALIENT. THE CONCRETE CAP AND
MODERN PIPE WERE ADDED WHEN THE
CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS USED
THIS AREA FOR A CAMP IN THE 1930'S.
THIS IS NO LONGER AN APPROVED WATER
SOURCE AND IS UNSAFE FOR DRINKING.

The CCC camp was located on land that had been part of the old McCoull farm.

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