Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Jackson Holds Prospect Hill
The Battle of Fredericksburg
As dawn broke on December 13, fog obscured the Union army maneuvering on the plain beyond the railroad, concealing the fact that Jackson would be the target of the first major Union attacks that day. When at midmorning the fog rose, a staff officer remarked gloomily on the strength of the Union army forming on the plain. Jackson responded tartly: "Major, my men have sometimes failed to take a position, but to defend one, never! I am glad the Yankees are coming."
I could see fully half the whole Yankee army, reserves and all. It was a grand sight seeing them come in position this morning; but it seemed that the host would eat us up...
A Confederate artilleryman
Erected 2009 by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Location. 38° 14.895′ N, 77° 26.132′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg Touch for map. Marker is at the end of Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg National Military Park. 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 (here, next to this marker); Jackson (here, next to this marker); Hamilton's Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); A Southern Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Meade Pyramid (approx. 0.2 miles 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 drawing of the Confederates in position. Jackson's men await battle along the railroad in front of you. While some of them used the railroad embankment for cover, others concealed themselves in Prospect Hill's heavy woods, behind you. To the lower left is a map depicting the Federal advance and Confederate defense.
Also see . . .
1. Prospect Hill. NPS page discussing the position. (Submitted on August 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Stonewall Jackson and the defense of Prospect Hill (Submitted on August 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,653 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.