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7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry

 
 
7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
1. 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Marker
Inscription.  
“Dark rolled the Rappahannock’s flood,
                    Michigan, my Michigan;
The tide was crimsoned with thy blood,
                    Michigan, my Michigan;
Although for us the day was lost,
Yet it shall be our proudest boast,
At Fredericksburg our Seventh crossed,
                    Michigan, my Michigan.”

In December 1862, Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside ordered pontoon bridges to be thrown across the Rappahannock River.

Col. Norman J. Hall, asked for volunteers to flush out Confederate riflemen by crossing the Rappahannock in pontoon boats.

The 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry responded to his call. The men of the Seventh poled and paddled their way across the river. Once ashore, they drove the Confederate riflemen from their concealments.

The battle of Fredericksburg occurred two days later on December 13, 1862.

Dedicated August 31, 2003                     Sponsored by the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Co. B, Inc.
 
Erected 2003 by 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Co. B, Inc.
 
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historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1862.
 
Location. 38° 18.461′ N, 77° 27.649′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Sophia Street near Hawke Street, on the right when traveling north. 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 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pontoon Bridge Site (here, next to this marker); Fredericksburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); 1856 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1883 (about 300 feet away); 1868 (about 400 feet away); Rising Sun Tavern (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Rising Sun Tavern (about 400 feet away); Fire on Caroline Street (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Home Page for the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company B, Inc. (Submitted on February 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Additional commentary.
1. Michigan, My Michigan
The verses quoted on this marker are the eighth stanza of the 1862 version of the song “Michigan, My Michigan” written by William Otto Miessner and sung
7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 9, 2007
2. 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Marker
The site of the upper pontoon bridge over the Rappahannock River can be seen behind the marker.
to the tune “Oh, Tannenbaum.” (It appears that by 1886 that stanza was no longer printed on sheet music for this song, and that Douglas S Malloch rewrote it for the current version in 1902.)
    — Submitted January 10, 2009, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
3. 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,871 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on May 5, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3. submitted on February 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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