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

Near Disaster

 

—The Battle of Fredericksburg —

 
Near Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
1. Near Disaster Marker
Inscription. On this hill on December 13, 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee twice nearly met personal disaster. While firing its 39th round of the day, a 30-pounder Parrott Rifle (like the one in front of you) burst, sending chunks of metal across the hilltop - narrowly missing Generals Lee and Longstreet.

Later, a Union artillery shell fired from Stafford Heights, more than a mile away, buried itself in the earthworks at Lee's side. The shell failed to explode. Meanwhile, Confederate cannons here continued their deadly work, adding to the horror of Union troops trapped in front of Marye's Heights and the Sunken Road.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 17.097′ N, 77° 28.57′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Lee Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at the top of Lee's Hill, accessible from a parking pullout on Lee Drive, which is stop three of the driving tour of Fredericksburg Battlefield. 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. Lee's Command Post (here, next to
Near Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
2. Near Disaster Marker
Of the 3 markers seen to the left of the exhibit shelter, this marker is the one on the right
this marker); The Battle of Fredericksburg from Lee's Hill, December, 1862 (here, next to this marker); The Pioneers (a few steps from this marker); The Second Battle of Fredericksburg (a few steps from this marker); Artillery on Lee's Hill (a few steps from this marker); Lee's Hill, the commander's lookout (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Lee’s Hill (a few steps from this marker); Fredericksburg Campaign (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a drawing shows A Confederate gun fires from what would become known as Lee's Hill.
 
Also see . . .  Lee's Hill Virtual Tour. National Park Service page. (Submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
30-pounder or 4.2-inch Parrott Rifle image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
3. 30-pounder or 4.2-inch Parrott Rifle
This example, with registry number 341, was produced in 1864 by West Point Foundry, New York. Its listed weight is 4,205 pounds, making it one of the heaviest pieces on the battlefield.
Near Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
4. Near Disaster Marker
Other marker on Lee's Hill
Near Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
5. Near Disaster Marker
other markers next to this marker
Near Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
6. Near Disaster Marker
These cannon and the Lee's Hill Stone set just to the right of this marker, beside the pavilion
Lee's Hill image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
7. Lee's Hill
located just to the right of this marker
Markers in the Exhibit Shelter image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
8. Markers in the Exhibit Shelter
These markers are located on the left inside wall of the pavilion
Marker in back center of the Exhibit Shelter image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
9. Marker in back center of the Exhibit Shelter
Other Markers in the Exhibit Shelter image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
10. Other Markers in the Exhibit Shelter
These markers are located on the right inside wall of the pavilion
Lee's Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
11. Lee's Hill Marker
Stop #3, this is the trail head that leads to the top of Lee's Hill where the Near Disaster marker is located
Lee's Hill Trail image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
12. Lee's Hill Trail
This is a marker on the side of the trail as you head up it, to the top of Lee's Hill
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,260 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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