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Falmouth in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Bombardment

 
 
Bombardment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2010
1. Bombardment Marker
Inscription. When Confederate sharpshooters blocked his efforts to span the Rappahannock River with pontoon bridges, General Ambrose E. Burnside ordered his artillery to bombard the town. For eight hours more than one hundred cannon, some as large as the 4.5-inch ordnance rifle behind you, hurled shot and shell into Fredericksburg from these bluffs, east of the river. In all, more than 6,000 shells rained down upon the doomed town.

Civilians fled Fredericksburg or sought shelter in cellars. Sharpshooters took over the abandoned houses and shops, turning each structure into a small fortress. Walls collapsed and buildings caught fire, but the Confederates stubbornly held their ground. As long as they remained, Burnside could not complete his bridges. If he wished to capture Fredericksburg, he was going to have to send troops across to do it.

“The roar of the cannon, the bursting of shells, the falling of walls and chimneys; added to the fire of the infantry on both sides, the smoke from the guns and burning houses, made a scene of the wildest confusion, terrific enough to appall the stoutest hearts.” Private John H. Rhodes, Battery B, 1st Rode Island Artillery
 
Erected 2010 by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location.
Bombardment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2010
2. Bombardment Marker
38° 18.494′ N, 77° 27.367′ W. Marker is in Falmouth, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker can be reached from Chatham Drive near Chatham Heights Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg VA 22405, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beleaguered Town (here, next to this marker); Pontoon Bridges (a few steps from this marker); A Bloody Crossing (a few steps from this marker); Between Battles (a few steps from this marker); A “Picture of Desolation” (within shouting distance of this marker); A Changed Landscape (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sow…Tend…Harvest (about 500 feet away); Beyond the Big House (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falmouth.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. (Submitted on September 7, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Fredericksburg Campaign” (Submitted on September 7, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Guns at Chatham image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2010
3. Guns at Chatham
Nearby witness trees image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2010
4. Nearby witness trees
Catalpa trees here during the Civil War
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 663 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 7, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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