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

Jackson Holds Prospect Hill

The Battle of Fredericksburg

 
 
Jackson Holds Prospect Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2009
1. Jackson Holds Prospect Hill Marker
Inscription. You are standing on the right of the Confederate army, held by Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's corps on December 13, 1862. His 35,000 troops spread along a mile front - some in the woods, some in fields, some on ridgetops, some in swampy bottoms. In front lay the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad. Some of Jackson's troops used the railroad embankment as a ready-made earthwork.

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
Close Up of the Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2009
2. Close Up of the Battle Map
Note the north seeking arrow pointed to the left.
, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Lee Drive, on the left when traveling east. 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); Fredericksburg Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing); Union Breakthrough (approx. half a mile away); Death of Maxcy Gregg (approx. half a mile 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
New Waysides on Prospect Hill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. New Waysides on Prospect Hill
. (Submitted on August 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Confederate Earthworks on Prospect Hill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2009
4. Confederate Earthworks on Prospect Hill
The railroad passes through the open ground below Prospect Hill, entering the right of frame in the tree line.
 
 
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 1,572 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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