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Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ravaged Town

 
 
Ravaged Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 13, 2008
1. Ravaged Town Marker
Inscription. Fredericksburg had enjoyed more than a century of comfortable prosperity by 1860. Although its economic heydey was past, the town’s elegant houses, numerous churches, and shady, tree-lined streets bespoke lingering wealth and refinement.

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.

(Sidebar Quote):
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
The Original Ravaged Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 2, 2007
2. The Original Ravaged Town Marker
The marker was replaced by a newer version in 2008. The text was not modified, as was the case with the two nearby markers.
. 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
A Fredericksburg family returns to its battered home after the battle. image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 15, 2007
3. A Fredericksburg family returns to its battered home after the battle.
”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
bombardment as well as articles and illustrations about the Battle of Fredericksburg. It is from the northern point of view. (Submitted on June 2, 2007.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Ravaged Town Marker and Others image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., September 15, 2007
4. Ravaged Town Marker and Others
New Markers for "Ravaged Town" and "Marye's Heights" image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 13, 2008
5. New Markers for "Ravaged Town" and "Marye's Heights"
<i>Street in Fredericksburg, Va., showing houses destroyed by bombardment in December, 1862</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1862
6. Street in Fredericksburg, Va., showing houses destroyed by bombardment in December, 1862
This is the same photograph as on the marker, courtesy of the Library of Congress.
 
 
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 1,875 times since then and 66 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.
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