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

The Mud March

The Mud March Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
1. The Mud March Marker
Inscription. In Jan. 1863, after the Federal defeat at the First Battle of Fredericksburg on 13 Dec., Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside sought to restore the army’s morale by crossing the Rappahannock River at Banks’s Ford two miles south and attacking the rear of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army. The march began on 19 Jan.; that night a warm front thawed the frozen road with 48 hours of pouring rain. Confederates across the river taunted the sodden Federals with large signs: “This Way to Richmond” and “Burnside Stuck in the Mud.” Burnside canceled the march on 23 Jan., and two days later President Abraham Lincoln replaced him with Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker.
Erected 1998 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number N-6.)
Location. 38° 21.619′ N, 77° 31.198′ W. Marker is in Berea, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on Warrenton Road (U.S. 17) 0.1 miles east of Greenbank and Berea Church Roads (County Route 656), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22406, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fredericksburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Civilian Conservation Corps Company 2363
The Mud March and two other Markers image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
2. The Mud March and two other Markers
(here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Mud March (approx. 1.7 miles away); War Balloons (approx. 1.7 miles away); Original Bell of Hulls Memorial Baptist Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Hulls Memorial Baptist Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); Milton Snellings (approx. 2.3 miles away); Hunter’s Iron Works (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berea.
More about this marker. This marker replaces a marker dating from the 1940s with the same number and title that was located on the old alignment of Route 17, now Fleet Road, just north of Berea Church Road. It read, “Here passed a part of the Army of the Potomac moving westward toward the fords of the Rappahannock, January 20-21, 1863. Burnside, commanding, sought to get in the rear of Lee, who was at Fredericksburg. A storm, making the roads deep in mud, forced the abandonment of the movement.”
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,869 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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