Near Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lee's Hill, the commander's lookout
General Robert E. Lee used this hill as a command post during the Battle of Fredericksburg. It has borne his name ever since.
Lee’s View from Here
Civilians viewing this scene might have focused their attention on the picturesque steeples which mark the skyline today, just as they did in 1862. Lee’s attention, however, was quickly taken up by the blue lines which made heavy attacks on both of his fronts.
Chatham (Lacy House)
This vantage point offered a fine view of the surrounding country. Across the Rappahannock, on Stafford Heights, Lee could see Chatham (the Lacy House) where Federal General E. V. Sumner had his headquarters.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 38° 17.094′ N, 77° 28.575′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Lee Drive. Marker is at the top of Lee's Hill, accessible from a parking pullout on Lee Drive. This marker is located in an exhibit shelter, along with other markers. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least Artillery on Lee's Hill (here, next to this marker); The Pioneers (here, next to this marker); The Second Battle of Fredericksburg (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Fredericksburg from Lee's Hill, December, 1862 (here, next to this marker); Lee's Command Post (a few steps from this marker); Near Disaster (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Lee’s Hill (a few steps from this marker); Lee's Headquarters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. A portrait of General Robert E. Lee is in the center of the marker. The caption below the portrait reads:
”It is well that war is so terrible – we should grow too fond of it.”
- R. E. Lee, December 13, 1862
Lee uttered this oft-quoted phrase to Longstreet atop this hill while watching a Confederate counterattack sweeping down the valley of Deep Run, to his right.
The right side of the marker displays portraits of "Lee's Lieutenants", Generals Stuart, Longstreet, Jackson, and Pendleton. Captions below the respective portrait read:
“Jeb” — “Lee’s Eyes and Ears”
Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart, commanding cavalry, Army of Northern Virginia.
“Old Pete” — “Lee’s War Horse”
Lieutenant General James Longstreet, commanding First Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. Lee’s left flank at Fredericksburg.
“Stonewall” — “Lee’s Right Arm”
Lieutenant General Thomas J. Jackson, commanding Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, Lee’s right flank at Fredericksburg.
Brig. Gen. Wm. N. Pendleton, Lee’s Chief of Artillery
Pendleton, a West Pointer, had left the U.S. Army to become an Episcopalian minister before the war. Lee was a vestryman in his congregation at Lexington after the war.
Lee’s principal officers came to consult with him here. Longstreet and Pendleton attended the commanding general throughout the battle.
1. Brigadier General W. N. Pendleton Quote
The nearby map (see picture 4) details both Union and Confederate positions during the December 13, 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. On it there is the following quote by Brigadier General W. N. Pendleton, Lee’s Chief of Artillery:
This point, densely wooded when first chosen, became the most important, perhaps, in the entire scene as the position affording the best view of all the field….
— Submitted December 12, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,475 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 12, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.