Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry
“Dark rolled the Rappahannock’s flood,
Michigan, my Michigan;
The tide was crimsoned with thy blood,
Michigan, my Michigan;
Although for us the day was lost,
Yet it shall be our proudest boast,
At Fredericksburg our Seventh crossed,
Michigan, my Michigan.”
In December 1862, Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside ordered pontoon bridges to be thrown across the Rappahannock River.
Col. Norman J. Hall, asked for volunteers to flush out Confederate riflemen by crossing the Rappahannock in pontoon boats.
The 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry responded to his call. The men of the Seventh poled and paddled their way across the river. Once ashore, they drove the Confederate riflemen from their concealments.
The battle of Fredericksburg occurred two days later on December 13, 1862.
Dedicated August 31, 2003 Sponsored by the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Co. B, Inc.
Erected 2003 by 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Co. B, Inc.
Location. 38° 18.461′ N, 77° 27.649′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Sophia Street near Hawke Street Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pontoon Bridge Site (here, next to this marker); Fredericksburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Rising Sun Tavern (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fredericksburg Campaign, December 1862 (about 600 feet away); Kenmore (about 700 feet away); The Lewis Store (about 700 feet away); Prisoners of Christ (approx. ¼ mile away); Pontoon Bridges (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Also see . . . The Home Page for the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, Company B, Inc. (Submitted on February 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
1. Michigan, My Michigan
The verses quoted on this marker are the eighth stanza of the 1862 version of the song “Michigan, My Michigan” written by William Otto Miessner and sung to the tune “Oh, Tannenbaum.” (It appears that by 1886 that stanza was no longer printed on sheet music for this song, and that Douglas S Malloch rewrote it for the current version in 1902.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,601 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 2. submitted on May 5, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on February 13, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.