“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)

Lee’s Winter Headquarters

Lee's Winter Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, July 15, 2007
1. Lee's Winter Headquarters Marker
Inscription.  During the winter of 1862-1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee maintained his headquarters in a small clearing in the woods in this vicinity. The camp contained only a few tents and nothing but a flag to indicate it was Lee’s headquarters. By mid-February the Army of Northern Virginia showed signs of scurvy and malnutrition, so Lee sent Lt. Gen. James Longstreet and a few other divisions to southeastern Virginia to gather supplies and counter Union forces. Lee remained at the site until late March 1863, when a serious throat infection forced him to take shelter at the nearby Thomas Yerby's house.
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-38.)
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 month for this entry is March 1863.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 38° 14.921′ N, 77° 28.743′ W. Marker was near Fredericksburg, Virginia
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, in Spotsylvania County. Marker was on Mine Road (County Route 636) 1.1 miles east of Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 10407 Norfolk Way, Fredericksburg VA 22408, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Lee’s Head Quarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fredericksburg Campaign (approx. 0.8 miles away); Start of Sheridan's Raid (approx. 1.1 miles away); Stuart (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bernard's Cabin Trail (approx. 1.1 miles away); Riverside Plantation: Mannsfield (approx. 1.1 miles away); Cox House (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 1.1 miles away); Longstreet’s Winter Headquarters (approx. 1.2 miles away); Bernard's Cabins (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. A marker with this same number entitled “Lee’s Headquarters” was erected in the late 1920s on Route 1 at the intersection of Mine Road. It read, “Lee’s headquarters in the winter of 1862–63 were a mile down this road.”
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Confederate winter quarters around Fredericksburg by markers
Marker along Mine Road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dawn Bowen, July 15, 2007
2. Marker along Mine Road
Lee’s Winter Headquarters Marker is Missing image. Click for full size.
July 26, 2013
3. Lee’s Winter Headquarters Marker is Missing
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 1,720 times since then and 153 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 8, 2013. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 24, 2023