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

Union Soldiers View

 
 
Union Soldiers View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 5, 2008
1. Union Soldiers View Marker
Inscription. Union soldiers and officers gazing upon Fredericksburg from this spot in 1862 saw many of the same landmarks visible today. The skyline of this peaceful river town, population 4,500 in 1860, is still dominated by the three steeples of City Hall and the Episcopal and Baptist Churches. The Rappahannock River which served as a source of power, a transportation artery, and a military obstacle in the 19th century, flows from right to left along its journey from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Chesapeake Bay. To the west of Fredericksburg lies the high ground known as Marye's Heights upon which Robert E. Lee posted his gray-clad forces, eager to meet the Union army on the battlefield Burnside had chosen. Following reckless and unsuccessful assaults at the base of those heights on December 13, many hundreds of soldiers from both sides would never gaze upon this or any other earthly vista again.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 18.491′ N, 77° 27.367′ W. Marker is in Chatham Heights, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker can be reached from Chatham Lane. Touch for map. Marker is located at Chatham Manor, part of the Fredericksburg National Military Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Chatham Ln, Fredericksburg VA 22405, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Union Soldiers View Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 5, 2008
2. Union Soldiers View Marker
The placement of this artillery piece is for illustrative purposes only. During the Civil War, artillery emplacements were placed away from the Chatham Manor in order to reduce its priority as a Confederate artillery target.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Beleaguered Town ( here, next to this marker); Bombardment ( 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatham Heights.
 
Regarding Union Soldiers View. This marker was replaced by a new one named Beleaguered Town (see nearby markers).
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable BuildingsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Modern View near marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 5, 2008
3. Modern View near marker
Union soldiers March 1863 view from farther down river image. Click for more information.
By from CivilWarPhotos.Net
4. Union soldiers March 1863 view from farther down river
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 972 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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