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Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hamilton's Crossing

The Battle of Fredericksburg

 
 
Hamilton's Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2009
1. Hamilton's Crossing Marker
Inscription. This footpath leads to the site of Hamilton's Crossing, a critical supply base for Confederate troops camped near Fredericksburg during the winter of 1862-63. Prior to the Civil War, Hamilton's Crossing had been merely a flag-stop on the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad line. But once Union troops occupied Stafford County, the trains could no longer run safely into Fredericksburg. Hamilton's Crossing, four miles south of the town, became the new railhead.

After the December 1862 battle, Hamilton's Crossing burgeoned into a major supply base as trains from Richmond unloaded daily shipments of food, clothing, and other supplies for Lee's army. After the war, rail service to Fredericksburg resumed and the station at Hamilton's Crossing closed for good. Today, no evidence of it remains.

"the Depot is removed from Fredericksburg to our Crossing....We are surrounded with soldiers, camps and all the paraphernalia of war. It is so exacting, and our feelings are so above the ordinary ones that we can't tell whether it is pleasant or the contrary."
 
Erected 2009 by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location. 38° 14.872′ N, 77° 26.123′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg
Hamilton's Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2009
2. Hamilton's Crossing Marker
, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Lee Drive when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at the end of Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg National Military Park, just beyond a fence. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22408, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dead Horse Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Holds Prospect Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); A Southern Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Meade Pyramid (approx. mile away); Union Breakthrough (approx. half a mile away); Death of Maxcy Gregg (approx. half a mile away); The Gallant Pelham (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photo graph of the Hamilton's Crossing area. The many buildings that comprised the wartime depot at Hamilton's Crossing were never photographed. By 1892, when this picture was taken, all traces of the railroad station had vanished.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Hamilton's Crossing Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2009
3. Hamilton's Crossing Today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,190 times since then and 122 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 19, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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