Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Thomas R. R. Cobb
The Battle of Fredericksburg
— Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park —
The monument across the road marks the spot where General Thomas R. R. Cobb suffered a mortal wound. A brilliant Constitutional lawyer prior to the war, he left his practice to take up arms for the South. At Fredericksburg Cobb fought his first battle as a brigadier general in command of a Georgia brigade. He was determined to do well. When told before the battle that he must fall back if the troops on his left gave way, Cobb growled, "Well! If they wait for me to fall back, they will wait a long time."
Cobb fell when a Union artillery shell crashed through the Stephens house, behind you, and exploded, sending shrapnel into his thigh. He would die a few hours later. Although Cobb was a Georgian, his mother had grown up in Fredericksburg. Her childhood home, "Federal Hill," stood on the outskirts of town within sight of Cobb's position (trees and postwar houses obscure the view today). Later accounts claimed that the shot that killed Cobb was fired from the vicinity of his mother's house.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 17.721′ N, 77° 28.097′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Sunken Road 0.1 miles from Lafayette Boulevard (Virginia Highway 1), on the right when traveling north. Located on the Sunken Road walking trail, which starts at the Fredericksburg battlefield visitor center. The Sunken Road is closed to vehicle traffic. 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. Cobb (here, next to this marker); Mrs. Martha Stevens (here, next to this marker); The Stephens House (a few steps from this marker); The Confederate Line (a few steps from this marker); Stephens Family Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Innis House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Attacks Begin (within shouting distance of this marker); Field of Battle (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. On the right, a portrait of Cobb states, Cobb served briefly as a delegate to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States before drawing his sword for the South. This 1862 photograph shows him as the colonel of Cobb's Legion.
In the lower left, a photograph of Sunken Road is captioned: Erected in the 1880s, this stone to General Cobb is one of the earliest monuments in the park. This photograph was taken about 20 years after the monument was erected.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Cobb's mortal wounding and the house he died in.
Also see . . . Thomas R. R. Cobb. Short biographical sketch from New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on June 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,371 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on June 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on August 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5. submitted on December 10, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.