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

Hamilton's Crossing

 
 
Hamilton's Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 9, 2007
1. Hamilton's Crossing Marker
Inscription. This trail leads 0.2 miles to Hamilton’s Crossing on the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad. Named for Captain George Hamilton whos home, “Forest Hill,” once stood on a nearby knoll. Hamilton’s Crossing marks the intersection of the historic Mine Road with the railroad.

The small depot became a major Confederate railhead in November 1862. Union artillery located across the Rappahannock River could fire upon the tracks immediately south of Fredericksburg, so trains from Richmond unloaded supplies in safety at Hamilton’s Crossing. Confederate troops defended Hamilton’s Crossing during the Battle of Fredericksburg and camped in the vicinity during the winter of 1862-3.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 14.872′ N, 77° 26.123′ W. Marker was near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker was on Lee Drive. Click for map. Marker is at the end of Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg National Military Park, just beyond a fence. Marker was 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 location. A different marker also named Hamilton's Crossing (here, next to this marker); Dead Horse Hill
Hamilton's Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 9, 2007
2. Hamilton's Crossing Marker
The dirt road, seen behind this marker, once connected to Mine Road and Hamilton's Crossing. It is now closed to vehicle traffic. Hamilton Crossing, though still listed on internet map searches, no longer crosses the railroad tracks.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Holds Prospect Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); A Southern Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Meade Pyramid (approx. Ľ mile away); Fredericksburg Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Union Breakthrough (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Regarding Hamilton's Crossing. This marker was replaced by an updated wayside marker with the same name, see nearby markers.
 
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Hamilton's Crossing Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
3. Hamilton's Crossing Today
The old road now stops short of the tracks. This site is accessible from the park by way of the 0.2 mile trail indicated on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,059 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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