Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The many graves within the sandstone walls reflect the population that was part of Fredericksburg’s early development. Burials include people who came to Fredericksburg from England, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, as well as from other American towns such as Boston. Numerous members of the Lodge also fought in the American Revolution. The Masons clearly helped to found a community as well as establish a nation.
Location. 38° 18.117′ N, 77° 27.674′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of George Street and Charles Street on George Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clara Barton (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Auction Block Gen. Stonewall Jackson (about 400 feet away); Site of Barton House (about 400 feet away); The Courthouse (about 400 feet away); A Vast Hospital (about 400 feet away); The “Demon of Destruction” (about 400 feet away); War Comes to Fredericksburg (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. The marker features portraits of four notable Masons buried in the cemetery:
Colonel Fielding Lewis established an iron forge in Fredericksburg during the American Revolution, where damaged weapons could be repaired and new ones manufactured.
A veteran of the French and Indian War, William Woodford commanded Virginia troops in Washington’s army. He fought at Great Bridge, Brandywine, and Monmouth, but was captured in Charleston in 1780. He died aboard a prison hulk in New York harbor.
Brigadier General George Wheedon was a veteran of the French and Indian War and commanded Continental troops as well as Virginia militia. His force blocked a British breakout, at Gloucester
Hugh Mercer soldiered in Scotland for the exiled Charles Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie). He met Washington on the Pennsylvania frontier during the French and Indian War and joined the American forces when the Revolution came. He was mortally wounded at Princeton, in 1777.
Also see . . . Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4 AF&AM Website. Welcome to Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge, Mother Lodge of George Washington and many other heroes of the American Revolution. (Submitted on May 30, 2011, by Shelby Chandler of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
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