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

Federal Raid

Federal Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, July 15, 2007
1. Federal Raid Marker
Inscription.  On 5 Aug. 1862, two detachments of Union troops left Fredericksburg with the intention of damaging the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. Brig. Gen. John Gibbon led a brigade of some 2,000 men down Telegraph Road toward Hanover Junction, while Col. Lysander Cutler led a smaller force to Frederick's Hall via Spotsylvania Court House. Near Thornburg, Gibbon encountered Confederate cavalry and turned back. Cutler avoided the Confederates, however, and destroyed two miles of track before returning to Fredericksburg on 8 Aug. The Confederates quickly repaired the damage.
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-33.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is August 5, 1862.
Location. 38° 11.115′ N, 77° 30.757′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles south of Massaponax Church Road (
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County Route 608), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8244 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Road to Guinea Station (a few steps from this marker); James Farmer, Civil Rights Leader (within shouting distance of this marker); Massaponax Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Massaponax Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Plantations on Guinea Station Road (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stanard’s Mill (approx. 2˝ miles away); Mud Tavern (approx. 3.7 miles away); "If It Takes All Summer" (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Marker on Rt. 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, July 15, 2007
2. Marker on Rt. 1
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,333 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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