Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fredericksburg City Dock
Union Artillery on Staﬀord Heights
In 1862, Union artillery crowned the bluffs once occupied by the Washington farm. When Confederate troops resisted the Union army’s efforts to cross the river on December 11, Burnside turned nearly 150 guns – arrayed along a three-mile front – on the town. Thousands of shells, some weighing as much as thirty pounds, crashed down upon the unfortunate city, setting several buildings on fire. But when the smoke cleared, the Confederates were still there.
Gen. Henry J. Hunt commanded the Union artillery at Fredericksburg. When his guns failed to drive the Confederates from the town, he suggested sending infantry troops across the river in boats to push the Confederates back from the shore. The plan worked, and by dark Burnside had possession of the town.
“…The Yankees were throwing all their missils [sic] into the City of Fredericksburg, seemingly with the intention of demolishing every vestige of the human race, not leaving even the sign of City or even a house ….” – William White, 18th Georgia Infantry
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 17.791′ N, 77° 27.222′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Sophia Street south of Frederick Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Sophia Street, Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Fredericksburg City Dock (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fredericksburg City Dock (here, next to this marker); No Outlet (within shouting distance of this marker); The Slave Ship Othello (within shouting distance of this marker); The Middle Passage (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg's Wharves and Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Irish Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rocky Lane (about 300 feet away); The Sentry Box (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,027 times since then. Last updated on June 10, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 5, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on December 14, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on July 26, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.