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Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fredericksburg Campaign

 
 
Fredericksburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
1. Fredericksburg Campaign Marker
Inscription. December 11, 1862. The peacetime bridges having been destroyed, engineers of Burnside’s Federal Army began laying pontoons across the Rappahannock. Here, overlooking the upper pontoon site, Confederates of Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade, sheltered in houses and cellars along this street, stopped the work. Bombardment by Federal cannon failed to dislodge the sharpshooters. Finally, the 7th Michigan Regiment, followed by the 19th Massachusetts, crossed the river in boats to establish a bridgehead. The pontoon bridges were completed and the 20th Massachusetts secured the streets. Barksdale’s Mississippians fell back during the night. The next day thousands of Federals poured over two bridges here and others down river, in preparation for the attack against Lee’s main line.

Below the marker is another marker commemorating the donation of the land. It reads:
This historic site was donated to the United States in 1964 by Miss Mary B. Garnett and Dr. Thomas B. Payne and wife, Virginia Garnett Payne, in memory of Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter, distinguished statesman, and Robert Mercer Payne, son of Dr. and Mrs. Payne.
 
Erected by United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 18.461′ 
Pontoon Site Land Donation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
2. Pontoon Site Land Donation Marker
N, 77° 27.649′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Sophia Street near Hawke Street, on the right when traveling north. 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); 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry (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.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Between the uprights of this marker can be seen two other markers across the Rappahannock River. This is link will display the links for those two markers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Entry for R.M.T. Hunter from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. During the Civil War, Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter served in the Confederate Senate from Virginia in the First and Second Congresses 1862-1865 and was President pro tempore on various occasions. (Submitted on February 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Fredericksburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 2, 2008
3. Fredericksburg Campaign Marker
Looking "between the uprights" of this marker, in the distance across the Rappahannock River, two markers at Chatham can be seen. See related markers for more information.
 

2. Robert M. Payne Scholarship Fund at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Established by the medical school Class of 1960 as a memorial to Robert Mercer Payne, a classmate who was killed in an accident prior to graduation. (Submitted on February 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,376 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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