Near Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Fredericksburg
— Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park —
The hill in front of you, once called Telegraph Hill but now known as Lee's Hill, served as General Robert E. Lee's headquarters during the Battle of Fredericksburg. Throughout the afternoon of December 13, 1862, Lee and his generals watched uneasily as the Union army repeatedly attacked Southern troops in the Sunken Road. The Federal infantry became easy targets for Confederate artillery atop this hill and Howison Hill (a quarter mile to your left). The Union attacks failed.
The grandeur of the struggle stirred Lee, and here he uttered one of his most famous quotes, "It is well that war is so terrible, or we would grow too fond of it." Still, the victory at Fredericksburg little satisfied Lee - the Union army escaped damaged but intact. The enemy "suffered heavily," he later wrote his wife, "...but it did not go far enough." Lee's relentless efforts to destroy the Union army would continue.
This trail leads to Lee's command post. Although only about .25 mile long, the trail is steep. Allow 45 minutes for the roundtrip hike.
Erected 2008 by National Park Service, U.S. Department
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is December 13, 1862.
Location. 38° 17.133′ N, 77° 28.512′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Lee Drive, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in the Fredericksburg-Spotyslvania Military Park, near a parking pull-off for the Lee's Hill tour stop, at the start of the trail up the hill. 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. Lee Drive: The Confederate Line (a few steps from this marker); Lee's Command Post (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Near Disaster (about 400 feet away); The Battle of Fredericksburg from Lee's Hill, December, 1862 (about 400 feet away); The Pioneers (about 400 feet away); The Second Battle of Fredericksburg (about 400 feet away); Artillery on Lee's Hill (about 400 feet away); Lee's Hill, the commander's lookout (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. The background illustration depicts Lee and his staff observing the battle.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker replaced an older marker documented in the database.
Also see . . . Lee's Hill Virtual Tour. National Park Service page. (Submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,845 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on April 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 9. submitted on July 6, 2008. 10. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.