Near Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Fredericksburg
— Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Battlefield Park —
On this hill on December 13, 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee twice nearly met personal disaster. While firing its 39th round of the day, a 30-pounder Parrott Rifle (like the one in front of you) burst, sending chunks of metal across the hilltop - narrowly missing Generals Lee and Longstreet.
Later, a Union artillery shell fired from Stafford Heights, more than a mile away, buried itself in the earthworks at Lee's side. The shell failed to explode. Meanwhile, Confederate cannons here continued their deadly work, adding to the horror of Union troops trapped in front of Marye's Heights and the Sunken Road.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1877.
Location. 38° 17.097′ N, 77° 28.57′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Lee Drive, on the right when traveling south. Marker is at the top of Lee's Hill, accessible from a parking pullout on Lee Drive, which is stop three 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's Command Post (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Fredericksburg from Lee's Hill, December, 1862 (here, next to this marker); The Pioneers (a few steps from this marker); The Second Battle of Fredericksburg (a few steps from this marker); Artillery on Lee's Hill (a few steps from this marker); Lee's Hill, the commander's lookout (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. The background of the marker is a drawing shows A Confederate gun fires from what would become known as Lee's Hill.
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 1,450 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 3. submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.