Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Winter Line
The Battle of Fredericksburg
Unwilling to attack Lee’s strong defenses, Union commander Joseph Hooker devised a plan to maneuver the Confederates out of their works. On April 29, 1863, he crossed the Rappahannock River beyond Lee’s left flank, at Kelly’s Ford, and descended on the Confederate rear. Lee abandoned much of his winter line and marched west, engaging Hooker in battle near a roadside inn known as Chancellorsville.
“The rebels had been actively engaged all winter, in strengthening their position, and now dark lines of rifle pits and earthworks frowned from the bluffs for miles up and down the banks, commanding every available crossing.” Lieutenant Winthrop D. Sheldon, 27th Connecticut Volunteers
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil
Location. 38° 14.474′ N, 77° 25.272′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Jim Morris Road and Schumann Street, on the right when traveling south on Jim Morris Road. This marker is located at the entrance to the Pelham’s Crossing subdivision. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22408, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gallant Pelham (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Earthworks (a few steps from this marker); Colonial Post Office (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named The Gallant Pelham (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named The Gallant Pelham (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Battle of Fredericksburg (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stuart and Pelham (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Hood (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. On the left of the panel is a sketch with the caption, “This sketch by W.L. Sheppard shows Confederate earthworks atop Lee Hill during the Battle of Fredericksburg. In the months following the battle, Lee would extend these works up and down the river for a distance of nearly 30 miles.” On the right is a map showing Hooker’s flanking maneuver and Lee’s response resulting in the Battle of Chancellorsville.
Also see . . . Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. (Submitted on May 24, 2009.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,256 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 24, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.