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

Fredericksburg Campaign

 
 
Fredericksburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 5, 2008
1. Fredericksburg Campaign Marker
Inscription. Ambrose E. Burnside's Union army had found existing bridges destroyed, and now R. E. Lee's Confederates awaited attack on high ground beyond Fredericksburg. On December 11, 1862, the Union engineers shivered in the early morning as they broke a skim of ice and began laying pontoons across the Rappahannock here. A hail of death from advanced Confederate riflemen drove and kept the workmen ashore. In awesome retaliation, massed cannon on the heights behind the harassed engineers thundered destruction on Fredericksburg. The riflemen stood fast until forced back to the main Confederate line by infantry ferried across about 3 P.M. The engineers then completed two bridges here, while others were finished downstream. Over these bridges Burnside's men marched to disaster, and here at the upper site a dauntless nurse named Clara Barton strode over to attend the wounded in the burning city. By another cold morning, December 16, the Unionists had returned to this side. For months, the icy river would flow between winter-bound armies.
 
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 This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 18.491′ N, 77° 27.367′ W. Marker is in Chatham Heights, Virginia, in Stafford County.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
Fredericksburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 5, 2008
2. Fredericksburg Campaign Marker
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. 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 Fredericksburg Campaign. This marker was replaced by a new one named Bombardment (see nearby markers).
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Canon at the site of the Fredericksburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 5, 2008
3. Canon at the site of the Fredericksburg Campaign Marker
 
 
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 1,099 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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