Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Sunken Road
—The Battle of Fredericksburg —
After the Civil War, the road became a typical city street. Much of the original stone wall vanished; houses appeared. But in the 1930s, the National Park Service started reclaiming the road. The Civilian Conservation Corps reconstructed the section of wall in front of you, and the NPS removed postwar houses. In 2004 the road closed to traffic, allowing the NPS to take up its asphalt surface and rebuild the remaining portions of the wall. Today, the road looks much as it did at the time of the battle.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 38° Touch for map. Located at the south entrance to the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. 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. Fredericksburg National Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Fredericksburg Campaign (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); The Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg Battlefield (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 127th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fredericksburg National Cemetery (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fredericksburg Campaign (was about 400 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Col. Joseph A. Moesch (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photograph of Workers from the Civilian Conservation Corps reconstruct[ing] a missing section of [the] stone wall in 1936. A
On the right is a map of the Sunken Road/Marye's Heights walking trail. This half-mile walking tour takes you down the Sunken Road, then climbs the hill, and comes back along Marye's Heights, concluding at the National Cemetery. Those not wishing to climb the hill may return to the parking lot along the Sunken Road.
Also see . . . Sunken Road Walking Trail Virtual Tour. National Park Service page. (Submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,568 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.