Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Big Gun at Howison Hill
The Battle of Fredericksburg
— Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park —
As they awaited battle, Confederate cannoneers cut down trees and carefully calculated the range to likely areas of Union attack. When the fighting started on December 13, 1862, the Confederate guns here on Howison Hill fired rhythmically on Union columns in front of Marye's Heights. The crossfire from Howison Hill added horror to an already impossible Union task.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 16.73′ N, 77° 28.428′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Lee Drive and Lloyd LaneTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 Lee Dr, 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. Confederate Artillery Defense (within shouting distance of this marker); Braehead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee’s Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Pioneers (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Second Battle of Fredericksburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Artillery on Lee's Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lee's Hill, the commander's lookout (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lee's Command Post (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a 1930s view of landscapes from Howison Hill, with fields of fire overlayed.
Also see . . . Howison 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 1,733 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.