Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fire on Caroline Street
A tremendous and deadly fire swept down from the front and left. The Rebels occupied the houses and were behind fences, and could not be seen except for the flash of the guns. It staggered the column, but in a moment we pressed on.... —Henry Ropes 20th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
On December 11, 1862, the Union Army of the Potomac forced its way across the Rappahannock River and into Fredericksburg. William Barksdale's Mississippi brigade (approximately 1,600 men) slowed down the Federal lodgment, buying critical time for Robert E. Lee to gather his army on the heights beyond town, where a larger battle would be fought or December 13th. The 20th Massachusetts Regiment, shown here, advanced from the river up Hawke Street a block and a half to your left. Painting by Don Troiani
Panel design by Jackson Foster, The I.D. Entity
Erected by Fredericksburg Timeless.
Location. 38° 18.37′ N, 77° 27.664′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Caroline Street Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kenmore (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lewis Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Rising Sun Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg Campaign (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pontoon Bridge Site (about 600 feet away); 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry (about 600 feet away); Mary Washington House (about 700 feet away); Hostages (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Also see . . . Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Fredericksburg Campaign, December 1862”. (Submitted on October 7, 2019.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 7, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.