Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War Defenses
The Confederate defenses consisted of infantry trenches on the lower slopes and gun pits for supporting artillery near the top of the hills. These nearby earthworks represent the far left of the Confederate line at Fredericksburg. During the ensuing battle, the troops in this area were subjected to occasional artillery fire from across the river. As Wilcox described the experience: “Many shot and shell were thrown in the woods occupied by my men.”
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 18.984′ N, 77° 29.165′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Fall Hill Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at the northern entry point of the Old Canal Pathway. 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 Confederate Defenses in December 1862 (here, next to this marker); Confederate and Federal Defenses in May 1863 (a few steps from this marker); A Once Promising Canal Becomes a Raceway (within shouting distance of this marker); Rappahannock River Heritage Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Fall Hill Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tactical Terrain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Industrial Interlude (approx. 0.3 miles away); Embrey Dam (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. In the lower center of the marker is an overhead picture of the Fall Hill area. “Many of the trenches and gun pits dug by Confederate defenders are still visible.”
In the lower left of the marker is an overhead map of the Hill area. “In this 1880s map, Wilcox’s brigade is shown at the far left of the Confederate line. His after action report, however, makes it clear that his Alabamians occupied a position that extended from the river, across the road to the heights in front of you. The house labeled “Dr. Taylor” is Fall Hill.”
In the upper right of the marker is a portrait of Brigadier Wilcox. “Cadmus M. Wilcox was a North Carolinian who graduated with the West Point Class of 1846. He
This marker was replaced by a new one named Confederate Defenses in December 1862 (see nearby markers).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,356 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.