Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederate and Federal Defenses in May 1863
On the morning of May 4th, the Confederates moved back up Telegraph Road (Lafayette Boulevard) and regained the heights behind Fredericksburg (8). The Federals in town were effectively cut off from the Union force that had moved west (9). Reinforced Confederates attacked the Federals late in the afternoon, collapsing one line, but then running up against a brigade of Vermont regiments, which held at second line at Smith Run (10). Brigadier General John B. Gordon worked his Georgia brigade into this area and advanced up the ravine to your left front, which threatened the
Major General John Sedgwick commanded the Union Sixth Corps, which fought the second battle of Fredericksburg. He would be killed at Spotsylvania Court House in the spring of 1864.
Brigadier General John B. Gordon had been a Georgia Attorney before the Civil War. Despite a lack of military education, he had an aptitude for field command. He led a brigade at the second battle of Fredericksburg.
May 3, 1863.
These maps show modern the road network to help orient this battle action to the ground.
May 4, 1863.
Location. 38° 18.98′ N, 77° 29.159′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Fall Hill Avenue (Virginia Route 639) and Normandy Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located along the Rappahannock Canal Path. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3219 Fall Hill Ave, Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Defenses in December 1862 (a few steps from this marker); Rappahannock River Heritage Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); A Once Promising Canal Becomes a Raceway (within shouting distance of this marker); Embrey Dam (approx. 0.4 miles away); Falls of the Rappahannock River (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Rappahannock River Runs Free Once More (approx. 0.4 miles away); Amoroleck Encounters John Smith (approx. half a mile away); A Diversion: Second Battle of Fredericksburg (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 20, 2016.