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

The Second Battle of Fredericksburg

 
 
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By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
1. The Second Battle of Fredericksburg Marker
Inscription. Five months after the Battle of Fredericksburg the Union army finally captured Marye's Heights. On May 5, 1863, General John Sedgwick's Sixth Corps streamed out of Fredericksburg to attack this ridge. Twice Confederates on the Sunken Road repulsed the assaults, but on the third try Sedgwick's men triumphed. Charging up a ravine 500 yards to your left-front, the victorious Union soldiers swept across this plateau, capturing eight cannon, including two guns of Captain William W. Parker's battery, located here.

From Fredericksburg, Sedgwick headed west to assist the main Union army, fighting at Chancellorsville. He never made it. Four miles west of here, Confederate troops blocked his path at Salem Church. Unable to break through their line, Sedgwick retreated across the Rappahannock River at Scott's Ford.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 17.518′ N, 77° 28.124′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Lafayette Boulevard (State Highway 1). Click for map. Located on the Marye's Heights walking trail, which starts at the Fredericksburg battlefield visitor center. The Sunken
Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
2. Battle Map
Road is closed to 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. Parker's Battery (a few steps from this marker); Col. Joseph A. Moesch (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andrew Atkinson Humphreys (about 300 feet away); Fredericksburg Campaign (about 400 feet away); Battles of Fredericksburg (about 500 feet away); The Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac (about 500 feet away); 127th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (about 500 feet away); The Sunken Road (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a wartime photo (duplicated on the nearby Field of Battle marker). It is captioned, A photographer standing near this spot took this picture of Fredericksburg in 1864. Note the end of the stone wall, in the center of the picture, and the open plain beyond. On the upper right is a map detailing the Federal attacks during the Second Battle of Fredericksburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Second Battle of Fredericksburg virtual tour by markers.
 
Also see . . .
The Second Battle of Fredericksburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
3. The Second Battle of Fredericksburg Marker
 Marye's Heights Virtual Tour. National Park Service page. (Submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Parker's Battery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
4. Parker's Battery
A lone 12-pounder Field Howitzer represents Parker's Battery at Fredericksburg. Nearby are the Second Battle of Fredericksburg marker and, under the bushes, the Parker's Battery Monument.
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By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
5. Compass Points
As with many locations on the Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania Battlefields, a compass points out the directions and distances to key points. Of note, this spot is 55 miles north of Richmond and 50 miles south of Washington.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,121 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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