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Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Battle of Fredericksburg

 
 
Battle of Fredericksburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 9, 2007
1. Battle of Fredericksburg Marker
Inscription. This landscape, now changed by commercial and residential development, once swarmed with Union soldiers. Forty thousand Northern troops, led by General William B. Franklin, having crossed the Rappahannock River, massed here on the plain south of Fredericksburg. A like number of soldiers, led by General Edwin V. Sumner, occupied the town itself.

Franklin and Sumner had the same objective: drive the Confederate army from its stronghold on the heights west of the river. Franklin would attack the right end of the Confederate line at Prospect Hill, one-half mile to your left-front, while Sumner attacked the left end of the enemy line at Marye’s Heights, in rear of Fredericksburg. Franklin deployed his troops one-quarter mile ahead of you. At 10 a.m., December 13, 1862, as he was making final arrangements for the assault, the sound of cannon fire broke the silence. Franklin himself was under attack!
 
Erected 2007 by The Delaware Corporation.
 
Location. 38° 15.158′ N, 77° 25.574′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Tidewater Trail (Virginia Route 2) and Benchmark Road (County Route 608), on the right when traveling south on Tidewater Trail. Click for map
Detail of Battle of Frederickburg Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 9, 2007
2. Detail of Battle of Frederickburg Battle Map
. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22408, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gallant Pelham (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Gallant Pelham (here, next to this marker); Stuart and Pelham (here, next to this marker); Fort Hood (here, next to this marker); Dead Horse Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jackson Holds Prospect Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jackson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hamilton's Crossing (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. A map showing unit locations during the battle dominates the center of the marker. On the upper right is a portrait of Gen. Franklin captioned, "William B. Franklin - A staff officer who saw Franklin during the war described him as “an easy, unpretending soldier, strong and manly.” At Fredericksburg he commanded the left wing of the Union army." On the lower right is "A view of the battlefield as it appeared in 1893."
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battle of Fredericksburg Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 9, 2007
3. Battle of Fredericksburg Markers
The Battle of Fredericksburg is one of several markers and monuments found at this location.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,292 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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