Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Meade’s men sloshed through the lightly defended gap, scattered a Confederate brigade, and seized a military road that ran along the ridgetop. For more than an hour they struggled to maintain their foothold in Jackson’s line. Confederate reserves poured out of the woods behind you, screaming the rebel yell. Disorganized, outnumbered, and unsupported, the Pennsylvanians tumbled back out of the woods, pursued by Jackson’s men. The Union’s best chance for success had failed.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 15.083′ N, 77° 26.634′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Lee Drive, on the right when traveling Touch for map. Marker is located along Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg-Spotyslvania Military Park. The most convenient access is from Lansdowne Road. 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. Death of Maxcy Gregg (here, next to this marker); The Meade Pyramid (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Southern Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackson (approx. half a mile away); Jackson Holds Prospect Hill (approx. half a mile away); Dead Horse Hill (approx. half a mile away); Hamilton's Crossing (approx. half a mile away); Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. The painting on this marker portrays the fighting beyond the railroad, as Meade’s men fall back after their failed assault. Union troops under Gen. John C. Robinson (pinned under his horse) struggle to stem the Confederate counterattack.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Federal Breakthrough and Prospect Hill virtual tour by markers.
Also see . . . Original Map Marker. Dating to the 1950s, until replaced (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Military • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,700 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 10, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on December 11, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.