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

A Diversion

The Second Battle of Fredericksburg

 
 
A Diversion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
1. A Diversion Marker
Inscription. 3 May 1863. During the Chancellorsville Campaign, Brigadier General John Gibbon deployed his Union division in this area in support of other federal units in Fredericksburg.

On the morning of May 3, Gibbon’s troops rushed forward to assault the heights in front of you. The attack faltered at this canal when the soldiers discovered that planks for the bridge had been removed. While the Northerners pulled boards from a nearby house, Confederate artillery went into battery on the high ground and opened fire. Southern infantry also arrived to take up defensive positions.

Gibbon’s opportunity to seize an undefended hill had passed, but this Federal demonstration caused the Confederates to overextend themselves. When the Southern troops shifted to confront Gibbons, another Union column broke through at Sunken Road (1¼ mile south of here). The victorious Federals headed toward Chancellorsville, but were turned back by Confederate reinforcements at Salem Church.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 18.68′ N, 77° 28.612′ W. Marker was in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker was on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) north of Mary Washington Blvd, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map
A Diversion: The Second Battle of Fredericksburg, 3 May 1863 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 2, 2007
2. A Diversion: The Second Battle of Fredericksburg, 3 May 1863 Marker
. It is on Route 1, just south of the Rappahannock Canal. Marker was in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A Diversion: Second Battle of Fredericksburg (a few steps from this marker); “Fall Hill” (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named “Fall Hill” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elmhurst (approx. 0.3 miles away); Industrial Interlude (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Canal Ditch: Battlefield Obstacle (approx. 0.4 miles away); Carl's (approx. half a mile away); Amoroleck Encounters John Smith (approx. half a mile away); Veterans of Foreign Wars Eternal Flame (approx. half a mile away); Shiloh Baptist Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one named A Diversion: Second Battle of Fredericksburg (see nearby markers).
 
Regarding A Diversion. Photography and Design of this marker are credited to Daniel Fitzpatrick and Pamella Hunt. The photo was by Mike Tyminski.
 
Categories. War, French and IndianWar, US Civil
 
Picture of Brigadier General John Gibbon on the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
3. Picture of Brigadier General John Gibbon on the Marker
Brigadier General John Gibbon was a solid fighter from the Regular Army. Born in Philadelphia, but raised in North Carolina, he remained loyal to the Union even as his three brothers took arms for the Confederacy. Gibbon remained in the army following the war, and would lead the column that buried Custer and his troopers at the Little Big Horn.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,035 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   2. submitted on June 2, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on February 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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