Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Vermont Brigade Counterattacks
The awaiting Federals in a second line lay prone. As their adversaries closed in, the Vermont men rose up and delivered several volleys of musketry. The Confederates fell back and the Federals surged forward in a counterattack that captured hundreds of prisoners. The local success proved short-lived, though, because another Confederate attack gained critical ground near Fall Hill (behind you) and the Federals in this area had to pull back or be captured.
"We waited until the enemy were within twenty feet of our guns, then rose, fired and charged at once with level bayonets."
"the ground was covered with one commingled mass of rebel knapsacks, haversacks, canteens, muskets and equipment, besides the dead and dying...."
(left map) On the morning of May 4, 1863, a Confederate advance
(center photo) Colonel Lewis A. Grant had been a teacher and a lawyer before the war, but readily adapted to the profession of arms. On May 4, 1863, he skillfully defended the Federal line in this area, for which he would be awarded the Medal of Honor.
(right map) Colonel Lewis A. Grant's brigade of Vermont and New Jersey troops held the Federal line in this sector. Some of these regiments had already been engaged, but had fallen back and redeployed as shown here. Advancing into the sun, units from North Carolina and Louisiana were surprised by a severe fire from this new line and fell back in disorder. Not until John B. Gordon's Georgia brigade moved up a ravine and flanked the Federal position was the Vermont brigade forced to pull back.
Spotsylvania Stafford Federicksburg
Panel design by Jackson Foster, The I.D. Entity
Erected 2015 by Fredericksburg Timeless.
Location. 38° 18.354′ N, 77° 29.799′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Cowan Boulevard 0.2 miles west of Preserve Lane, on the right when traveling east. 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. The Heights at Smith Run (here, next to this marker); Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Ferry Farm (approx. 0.9 miles away); George Washington: Soldier and Virginia Planter (approx. 0.9 miles away); George Washington: Surveyor and Family Man (approx. 0.9 miles away); George Washington: Statesman and Public Servant (approx. 0.9 miles away); Confederate and Federal Defenses in May 1863 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Confederate Defenses in December 1862 (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Once Promising Canal Becomes a Raceway (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2015, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 441 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on May 4, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 3, 2015, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.