“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Fredericksburg Road

The Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse

The Fredericksburg Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2013
1. The Fredericksburg Road Marker
Inscription. The Fredericksburg Road, on your left, was the Army of the Potomac’s main line of supply during the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Each day hundreds of wagons lumbered down the road, bringing tons of food, arms, and ammunition to the insatiable Union army. On their return journey, the wagons carried an even more precious load: wounded soldiers bound for temporary hospitals in Fredericksburg.

Spotsylvania Court House is just one mile ahead of you. In 1864, the village encompassed fewer than a dozen buildings, including a courthouse, jail, hotel, and three churches. Most of those structures still stand. Just outside the hamlet is the Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery, where 600 Confederate soldiers who died in the battle are now buried. Union soldiers killed at Spotsylvania are buried in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery.

All empty wagons were positively jammed with men variously wounded. Single horses and mules bore the burden of two and three men upon their backs, and many lame soldiers limped along in pitiful fashion, offering to each other such assistance as was possible; so that between the battlefield and town a procession of misery, unequaled by any similar event of the war, passed slowly by.
Edwin Forbes, Northern sketch artist

The Fredericksburg Road ended
The Fredericksburg Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 23, 2013
2. The Fredericksburg Road Marker
at Spotsylvania Court House. Many of Spotsylvania’s wartime buildings, including the courthouse (left) and Sanford’s Hotel (right center) still stand.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Location. 38° 12.673′ N, 77° 34.645′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Burnside Drive north of Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 208), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "If It Takes All Summer" (here, next to this marker); Heth's Salient Battle Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (approx. 0.3 miles away); 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment (approx. 0.6 miles away); Heth’s Salient (approx. 0.6 miles away); Confederate Soldiers (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Ninth Corps (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 417 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 24, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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