“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Lee’s Position

Lee's Position Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 13, 2007
1. Lee's Position Marker
Inscription. From this hill (now called Lee’s Hill) a little to the east, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee watched the First Battle of Fredericksburg. As armies prepared for combat, Lee commented that “It is well that war is so terrible—we should grow too fond of it.” On 13 Dec. 1862, Union Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside ordered an assault against the Confederate position. The Confederates withstood the attack, which lasted until dark, slaughtered the Federals with artillery and small-arms fire. Two days later the defeated Union army retreated across the Rappahannock River.
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E 43.)
Location. 38° 17.084′ N, 77° 28.761′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Lafayette Boulevard half a mile south of Blue and Gray Parkway (Virginia Route 3), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee’s Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee's Hill, the commander's lookout (approx. 0.2 miles away); Artillery on Lee's Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pioneers
Marker along Lafayette Boulevard image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 13, 2007
2. Marker along Lafayette Boulevard
(approx. 0.2 miles away); The Second Battle of Fredericksburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Fredericksburg from Lee's Hill, December, 1862 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee's Command Post (approx. 0.2 miles away); Near Disaster (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fredericksburg Campaign (approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing); Lee's Headquarters (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Lee and Howison's Hills Virtual Tour by Markers.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,385 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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