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Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Confederate Defenses in December 1862

Fredericksburg: Timeless.

Confederate Defenses in December 1862 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 19, 2016
1. Confederate Defenses in December 1862 Marker
Inscription.  In December 1862, General Robert E. Lee deployed his Confederate army along a series of hills around the town of Fredericksburg. In front of you is Fall Hill, which anchored the Confederate line at the Rappahannock River. Brigadier General Cadmus M. Wilcox and his brigade of Alabama troops took position around a brick mansion at the top of the hill and spread out across the high ground.

On December 11th, Union artillery bombarded the Town of Fredericksburg in support of Federal infantry forcing its way across the river. Many of the town’s residents fled west, along this roadway. On December 13th, the Federals launched several attacks in town and south of town. There was no attack in this area, although Union artillery across the river still delivered an intense fire.

Union topographical engineers developed this map to accompany the Chief of Artillery’s report on the December battle of Fredericksburg. It shows the heavy concentration of cannons on the opposite side of the river that could fire into this area.

On December 13, 1862, Wilcox and his Alabamians held this end of the
Rappahannock Canal Path image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 19, 2016
2. Rappahannock Canal Path
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Confederate line as the Federals attacked the heights near town. This map is oriented to the direction you are facing and also shows the modern road network to help relate the battle action to the ground.
Panel design by Jackson Foster, The I.D. Entity

Erected by Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism Office.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Fredericksburg: Timeless. series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 11, 1862.
Location. 38° 18.988′ N, 77° 29.165′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Fall Hill Avenue (Virginia Route 639) and Normandy Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Located along the Rappahannock Canal Path. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3219 Fall Hill Ave, 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 and Federal Defenses in May 1863 (a few steps from this marker); A Once Promising Canal Becomes a Raceway (within shouting distance of this marker); Rappahannock River Heritage Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Fall Hill Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tactical Terrain (approx.
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0.2 miles away); Industrial Interlude (approx. 0.3 miles away); Embrey Dam (approx. 0.4 miles away); Falls of the Rappahannock River (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Old Marker At This Location titled "Civil War Defenses".
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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Jun. 29, 2022