“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Lee Drive: The Confederate Line

The Battle of Fredericksburg

Lee Drive: The Confederate Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, August 1, 2017
1. Lee Drive: The Confederate Line Marker
Inscription. Lee Drive, the battlefield tour road, runs along five miles of the Confederate line. Along the way you will see the remains of trenches built by Lee's men, a Confederate artillery position on Howison Hill, and the spot where union troops briefly penetrated "Stonewall" Jackson's line. Trails to the site of Bernard's slave cabins and Hamilton's Crossing provide opportunities to explore the battlefield on foot.

Lee's line extended nearly eight miles, from his left on the Rappahannock River above Fredericksburg to his right at Massaponax Creek, four miles south of you (to your left). Between those two points, his troops constructed miles of formidable earthworks. Some were in place at the time of the battle; most were built shortly thereafter. Virtually all survive.

(map) Lee drive receives heavy use by cyclists and pedestrians. Please take your time and share the road.

(top) Howison Hill

(bottom) Prospect Hill
Meade Pyramid
Union Breakthrough
Bernard's Cabins
Erected by Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Location. 38° 17.137′ N, 77° 28.498′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Lee Drive 0.2 miles south of Lafayette Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at Lee's Hill - Auto Tour Stop 2 on the Fredericksburg Battlefield Driving Tour Route. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee's Headquarters (a few steps from this marker); Lee's Command Post (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Near Disaster (about 400 feet away); The Battle of Fredericksburg from Lee's Hill, December, 1862 (about 400 feet away); The Pioneers (about 400 feet away); The Second Battle of Fredericksburg (about 400 feet away); Artillery on Lee's Hill (about 400 feet away); Lee's Hill, the commander's lookout (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Also see . . .  Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. National Park Service (Submitted on January 6, 2018.) 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2018, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 99 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on January 5, 2018, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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