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Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fredericksburg Campaign

 
 
Fredericksburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 9, 2007
1. Fredericksburg Campaign Marker
Inscription.  December 13, 1862. Here, on the wood’s edge facing the fields of the Lansdowne Valley, Gen. George Pickett’s 9,000 men, including soldiers from Fredericksburg, held a vital part of Lee’s line. The enemy did not attack Pickett’s Division and the men remained inactive, though elements of the division were later sent to reinforce the defenders of Marye’s Height. A summer’s charge near a little town called Gettysburg lay in the unknown future.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 16.24′ N, 77° 28.16′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Lee Drive, on the right when
Fredericksburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 9, 2007
2. Fredericksburg Campaign Marker
In the past, a smaller square sign stood next to this marker and contained a map of the battle. See the photo provided by the National Park Service in the link for the Howison Hill Virtual tour below.
traveling north. Marker is located along Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg-Spotyslvania Military Park, near a picnic area pullout. 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 one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Artillery Defense (approx. 0.6 miles away); Big Gun at Howison Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Braehead (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Fredericksburg Campaign (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lee’s Hill (approx. one mile away); The Pioneers (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Second Battle of Fredericksburg (approx. 1.1 miles away); Artillery on Lee's Hill (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Also see . . .  Howison Hill Virtual Tour. National Park Service page. (Submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Smaller Map Marker
A photo of the smaller map marker can be found at Civil War Album (link 2 above). The description on the map read:
Lansdowne
Signs identify surviving Confederate Trenches nearby as part of McLaw's Division image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 9, 2007
3. Signs identify surviving Confederate Trenches nearby as part of McLaw's Division
Valley Sector
About 3:30 P.M.
December 13, 1862
At this time, heavy fighting continued on the Marye's Heights front. To the south, Stonewall Jackson's lines had been broken but were now restored. Here in the Lansdowne Valley, a minor Federal attack up Deep Run was soon repulsed.
    — Submitted December 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
Signs identify surviving Confederate Trenches nearby as part of McLaw's Division image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 9, 2007
4. Signs identify surviving Confederate Trenches nearby as part of McLaw's Division
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,024 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 11, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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