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Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Willis Hill Buildings

 

—The Battle of Fredericksburg —

 
The Willis Hill Buildings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
1. The Willis Hill Buildings Marker
Inscription. In December 1862 Confederate artillery on this hill rained shot and shell on attacking Union soldiers advancing out of Fredericksburg. Next to the guns was a small brick building, one of three that then occupied this part of the heights. "The little brick house, which was white at the beginning of the battle, was perfectly red with bullet-marks at its close," wrote one Confederate. "There was an odd cooking-stove in front of the house. The balls striking it kept up a perpetual 'bing, bing,' equalling the varied notes of a hand-organ."

This 1864 photograph, taken from about this spot, shows the Willis Hill buildings in ruins - wrecked by Union artillery during the fighting here. Confederate earthworks, now gone, creased the heights.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 17.677′ N, 77° 28.107′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Sunken Road 0.1 miles north of Lafayette Boulevard (Virginia Highway 1), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located on the Marye's Heights walking trail, which starts at the Fredericksburg battlefield visitor center. The Sunken Road is closed to
Confederate Artillery and Willis Hill Building Markers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Confederate Artillery and Willis Hill Building Markers
vehicle traffic. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Artillery (here, next to this marker); Field of Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Attacks Begin (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunken Road Walking Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederates on the Ridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas R. R. Cobb (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is the photograph referenced in the text, showing the buildings as they appeared in 1864.
 
Also see . . .  Marye's Heights Virtual Tour. National Park Service page. (Submitted on July 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Willis Hill Buildings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
3. The Willis Hill Buildings Marker
Marker in the distance
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,414 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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