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Falmouth in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Beleaguered Town

 
 
Beleaguered Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2010
1. Beleaguered Town Marker
Inscription. Union soldiers and officers gazing upon Fredericksburg from this spot in 1862 saw many of the same landmarks visible today. The skyline of this peaceful river town, population 5,000 in 1860, is still dominated by the three steeples of City Hall and the Episcopal and Baptist churches. The Rappahannock River, which was a source of power, a transportation artery, and a military obstacle in the 1800s, flows from right to left along its journey from the Blue Ridge to the Chesapeake Bay.

To the west of Fredericksburg lies the high ground known as Marye’s Heights upon which Robert E. Lee posted his gray-clad forces, eager to meet the Union army on the battlefield Burnside had chosen. Following reckless and unsuccessful assaults at the base of those heights on December 13, many hundreds of soldiers from both sides would never gaze upon this or any other earthly vista again.
 
Erected 2010 by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location. 38° 18.493′ N, 77° 27.367′ W. Marker is in Falmouth, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker can be reached from Chatham Drive near Chatham Heights Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg VA 22405, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Beleaguered Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2010
2. Beleaguered Town Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bombardment (here, next to this marker); Pontoon Bridges (a few steps from this marker); A Bloody Crossing (a few steps from this marker); Between Battles (a few steps from this marker); A “Picture of Desolation” (within shouting distance of this marker); A Changed Landscape (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sow…Tend…Harvest (about 500 feet away); Beyond the Big House (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Falmouth.
 
More about this marker. On the bottom is a photo of “Fredericksburg as it appeared after the 1862 battle. Many of the buildings seen in the image are still present.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. (Submitted on September 7, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Union Soldiers View” (Submitted on September 7, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
View of Fredericksburg across the Rappahannock from Chatham image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2010
3. View of Fredericksburg across the Rappahannock from Chatham
Fredericksburg, Va., from across Rappahannock River image. Click for full size.
By Timothy O'Sullivan, 1863
4. Fredericksburg, Va., from across Rappahannock River
Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-61596]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 602 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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