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

Union Breakthrough

 
 
Union Breakthrough Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 9, 2007
1. Union Breakthrough Marker
Inscription. At 1:30 p.m., little more than an hour after Union troops began their assaults on Marye’s Heights, Gen. George G. Meade’s division penetrated “Stonewall” Jackson’s line here at Prospect Hill. Meade’s 3,800 Pennsylvanians advanced toward a tongue of trees that extended beyond the railroad, 500 yards in front of you. Because the ground there was marshy and considered impassable, Jackson had covered the area with only a thin line of skirmishers.

Meade’s men sloshed through the lightly defended gap, scattered a Confederate brigade, and seized a military road that ran along the ridgetop. For more than an hour they struggled to maintain their foothold in Jackson’s line. Confederate reserves poured out of the woods behind you, screaming the rebel yell. Disorganized, outnumbered, and unsupported, the Pennsylvanians tumbled back out of the woods, pursued by Jackson’s men. The Union’s best chance for success had failed.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 15.083′ N, 77° 26.634′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Lee Drive, on the right when traveling
"Death of Maxcy Gregg" and "Union Breakthrough" Markers image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W.
2. "Death of Maxcy Gregg" and "Union Breakthrough" Markers
west. Click for map. Marker is located along Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg-Spotyslvania Military Park. The most convenient access is from Lansdowne Road. 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. Death of Maxcy Gregg (here, next to this marker); The Meade Pyramid (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Southern Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackson (approx. half a mile away); Jackson Holds Prospect Hill (approx. half a mile away); Dead Horse Hill (approx. half a mile away); Hamilton's Crossing (approx. half a mile away); Fredericksburg Campaign (approx. 0.7 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. The painting on this marker portrays the fighting beyond the railroad, as Meade’s men fall back after their failed assault. Union troops under Gen. John C. Robinson (pinned under his horse) struggle to stem the Confederate counterattack.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Federal Breakthrough and Prospect Hill virtual tour by markers.
 
Also see . . .  Original Map Marker. Dating
Signs identify surviving Confederate Trenches nearby as part of Jackson's Line image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 9, 2007
3. Signs identify surviving Confederate Trenches nearby as part of Jackson's Line
to the 1950s, until replaced by the "Union Breakthrough" marker a map marker related the details of the action in this sector. (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Civil
 
Signs identify surviving Confederate Trenches nearby as part of Jackson's Line image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 9, 2007
4. Signs identify surviving Confederate Trenches nearby as part of Jackson's Line
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,646 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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