Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Civil War shattered the town’s stately tranquility. On December 11, 1862, some 150 Union cannon fired on Fredericksburg, toppling walls and setting fire to buildings. Confederate artillery added to the destruction, targeting Union soldiers who occupied, then looted, the doomed town.
Terrified citizens fled Fredericksburg, taking whatever they could carry. When they returned, their lives—like the town itself—were in shambles. It would take decades to recover.
The once beautiful city of Fredericksburg is almost in ruins. There [is] hardly a house that is not torn to pieces by shell & shot from cannon & a great many burnt to ashes."
William R. Montgomery,
Phillips' Legion Infantry
Erected by City of Fredericksburg.
Location. 38° 17.941′ N, 77° 27.901′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Kenmore Avenue and Hanover Street, on the left when traveling south on Kenmore Avenue Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marye’s Heights (here, next to this marker); The Canal Ditch (here, next to this marker); Fredericksburg Campaign (a few steps from this marker); Barton Street Confederate Monument (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Barton Street Potter's Field (about 700 feet away); Liberty Town (about 700 feet away); Fredericksburg Roll of Honor (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Memorial Landscape (approx. 0.2 miles away); From a Burying Ground to a Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Corporation Burying Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. The background is a wartime photo of Fredericksburg. This 1864 view of Fredericksburg shows damaged buildings on George Street, one block to your left. In the upper left is a painting captioned, A Fredericksburg family returns to its battered home after the battle.
Also see . . . The Fredericksburg Bombardment. This scanned copy of the December 27, 1862 copy of Harper’s Weekly has an article on the Fredericksburg (Submitted on June 2, 2007.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,859 times since then and 50 times this year. Last updated on September 19, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. Photos: 1. submitted on December 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on June 2, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on September 19, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 4. submitted on September 15, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 5. submitted on December 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on October 14, 2015. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.