“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Meade Pyramid

The Battle of Fredericksburg

The Meade Pyramid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
1. The Meade Pyramid Marker
Inscription. Usually thought of as a Union monument, the large pyramid in front of you was in fact erected by the Confederate Memorial Literary Society. In 1897, the society contacted Virginia railroad executives asking them to erect markers at historically significant sites along their lines. The president of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad embraced the proposal, but rather than simply erected a sign, he constructed a stone pyramid modeled after the memorial to the unknown Confederate dead buried in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery.

The monument here marks the point where General George G. Meade's Union division penetrated the boggy gap in "Stonewall" Jackson's lines on December 13, 1862. Over the years it has become known as the Meade Pyramid. The monument in not accessible.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 15.009′ N, 77° 26.31′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Lee Drive, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located along Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg-Spotyslvania Military Park. The most convenient access is from Lansdowne
The Meade Pyramid Seen from the Marker Location image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
2. The Meade Pyramid Seen from the Marker Location
As seen by the visitors walking back from the pyramid, clearly the site is accessible, it is more properly defined as on "private property."
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. A Southern Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Jackson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jackson Holds Prospect Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dead Horse Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hamilton's Crossing (approx. mile away); Union Breakthrough (approx. 0.3 miles away); Death of Maxcy Gregg (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fredericksburg Campaign (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. The background is a photograph of the pyramid.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The stone pyramid in Richmond's Hollywood Cemetery, as mentioned on this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Prospect Hill. National Park Service page. The pyramid is discussed on this section of the NPS virtual tour of the battlefield. (Submitted on May 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. The Meade Pyramid. Author and historian Michael Aubrecht on a video tour of the pyramid. (Submitted on May 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
A Southern Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 9, 2007
3. A Southern Memorial
The Meade Pyramid image. Click for full size.
By Gary Wahl, October 8, 2009
4. The Meade Pyramid
Photo taken from Amtrak Auto Train traveling south at approximately 40mph.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,736 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Gary Wahl of Davie, United States. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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