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The Canal Ditch: Battlefield Obstacle

 
 
The Canal Ditch: Battlefield Obstacle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 2, 2007
1. The Canal Ditch: Battlefield Obstacle Marker
Inscription. The Rappahannock Canal fed lesser waterways that powered a variety of small industries. One of these secondary drainages branched off from the main canal in this area and became an obstacle to Federal troops during the 1862 battle of Fredericksburg.

On December 12 , the 82nd New York Infantry Regiment cleared Confederate pickets from a paper mill (no longer standing) between the main canal and what was called the canal ditch. They secured the gates to close off the water flow, but the ditch remained a deep and muddy obstacle when the Federal assault columns moved forward the next day.

On December 13, the 71st infantry deployed on the elevated ground to your left, where the Mary Washington monument lay on its side, unfinished. They maintained a picket line in this area while their comrades attacked the Confederates at Marye’s Heights.
 
Erected by City of Fredericksburg.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 18.431′ N, 77° 28.233′ W. Marker was in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker could be reached from Rappahannock Canal Footpath 0.1 miles west of Washington Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is adjacent to the dog park along the canal
The Mary Washington Monument image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 4, 2007
2. The Mary Washington Monument
The unfinished Mary Washingon Monument mentioned on the marker was never completed. It was removed in 1893 and replaced with this monument in 1894.
path between Kenmore and Washington Avenues. 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 different marker also named The Canal Ditch: Battlefield Obstacle (a few steps from this marker); Col. George Eskridge Memorial Tree (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meditation Rock (about 600 feet away); Religious Liberty (about 700 feet away); Shiloh Baptist Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Canal Defines Its Neighborhood (approx. ¼ mile away); Hugh Mercer (approx. ¼ mile away); Elmhurst (approx. 0.3 miles away); George Rogers Clark (approx. 0.3 miles away); Water Powered Industries (approx. 0.3 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 also named The Canal Ditch: Battlefield Obstacle (see nearby markers).
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
 
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 1,812 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on June 2, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on June 2, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on June 4, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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