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

Fredericksburg Battlefield

 
 
Fredericksburg Battlefield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 12, 2009
1. Fredericksburg Battlefield Marker
Inscription. Before you looms Marye's Heights, a key point in the two major Civil War battles. At the base of the heights, bordered by a stone wall, lies the Sunken Road. In December 1862 Confederate troops standing in the road repelled repeated Union assaults. Five months later, during the Chancellorsville Campaign, Union troops again attacked Marye's Heights. This time they succeeded in taking it.

Begin your visit to this historic ground at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. Then take a leisurely one-hour walk down Sunken Road and up onto Marye's Heights. After completing your walk, take time to travel Lee Drive and visit Chatham, two other units of the Fredericksburg Battlefield. Three other battlefields - Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House - are also within easy driving distance.
 
Erected 2009 by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 17.654′ N, 77° 28.066′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Sunken Road and Lafayette Boulevard (Virginia Highway 1), on the right when traveling south on Sunken Road. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot for the
Close Up of the Panoramic Painting image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 12, 2009
2. Close Up of the Panoramic Painting
Fredericksburg National Battlefield visitor center. 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. Sunken Road Walking Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); The Willis Hill Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Field of Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg National Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fredericksburg National Cemetery (about 300 feet away); The Union Attacks Begin (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. At the top of the marker is a painting of the battlefield, with a tag indicating the respective location of the marker. In the right center is a map of the park indicating the location of the park units. At the bottom are four photographs of battlefield landmarks:
Sunken Road - The Sunken Road witnessed the heaviest fighting at the Battle of Fredericksburg.
National Cemetery - The Humphreys Monument stands in the National Cemetery. Here more
Welcome to the Fredericksburg Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 12, 2009
3. Welcome to the Fredericksburg Battlefield
A park orientation marker stands next to the battlefield marker.
than 15,000 Union soldiers are buried.

Lee Drive - Lee Drive, the park tour road, follows the Confederate battle line.
Chatham - Colonial-era Chatham served as a Union army headquarters and hospital in two different campaigns.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,634 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 19, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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