Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Stephens Family Cemetery
—The Battle of Fredericksburg —
Local children knew Martha Stephens as "Granny." They also remembered her ever-present apron, the pipe often clenched in her teeth, and her matronly form. But Martha Stephens was no typical "Granny." At the time when women rarely owned property, she owned no fewer than seven tracts, including a 92-acre farm in Spotsylvania County. For a time, she ran a saloon in her home. A local resident remembered her as "uneducated [and] too free and outspoken in what she said and did and how she did it."
When she died in 1888 at the age of 68, the local paper called her a "genial spirit" and recalled wartime efforts to aid the wounded during the Battle of Fredericksburg. "Her ministrations will never be forgotten by those who survive," the paper noted, "and companions of those who died will ever cherish her memory."
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
Location. 38° 17.731′ N, 77° 28.094′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Sunken Road 0.1 miles north of Lafayette Boulevard (Virginia Touch for map. Located on the Sunken Road walking trail, which starts at the Fredericksburg battlefield visitor center. The Sunken Road is closed to vehicle traffic. 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. Innis House (here, next to this marker); The Stephens House (a few steps from this marker); Thomas R. R. Cobb (a few steps from this marker); The Confederate Line (within shouting distance of this marker); The Killing Fields (within shouting distance of this marker); Seeking Cover (within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Attacks Begin (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederates on the Ridge (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Regarding Stephens Family Cemetery. In the 1930s or 40s the Park service had a metal sign at the Stephens Family Cemetery which read:
Also see . . .
1. Sunken Road Tour. National Park Service page detailing the Sunken Road, including the Stephens House. (Submitted on June 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Fredericksburg Sunken Road Tour. Robert Koch's Civil War tour page showing sites along the sunken road. Note at one time the grave site was enclosed within a white fence. The text of the old NPS marker at the spot is based on his photos. (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,623 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 26, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.