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

The Original Wall

 

—The Battle of Fredericksburg —

 
Original Wall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
1. Original Wall Marker
Inscription. Standing here you can clearly see how the Sunken Road got its name. Cut into the base of Marye's Heights, the roadbed sits several feet below the grade of the surrounding hill slope. Stone retaining walls on either side of the road hold the banks in place. When the Confederate army arrived here in November 1862, it found a ready-made breastwork behind which to fight.

At the time of the battle, the stone wall stretched for more than 500 yards along the eastern (left) side of the road. After the Civil War, however, large sections were removed. Today just this one-block remnant of original wall remains. Please help the National Park Service preserve this original section of the stone wall by not touching or approaching it.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 17.793′ N, 77° 28.115′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Sunken Road and Hanover Street, on the left when traveling north on Sunken Road. 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.
Three Wayside along the Sunken Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
2. Three Wayside along the Sunken Road
From left to right, the Ebert House and Store, The Original Wall, and Brompton.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brompton (a few steps from this marker); Fredericksburg Campaign (a few steps from this marker); The Ebert House and Store (a few steps from this marker); Kirkland Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunken Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Angel of Marye's Heights (within shouting distance of this marker); Seeking Cover (within shouting distance of this marker); The Killing Fields (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photo of The Sunken Road with the Innis House in the background, about 1865-1866. On the upper right is a drawing of Confederate riflemen in the Sunken Road. By battle's end, the Confederates in the road stood four ranks deep.
 
Also see . . .  Sunken Road Tour. Virtual tour of the Sunken Road. (Submitted on June 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Original Section of the Wall image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
3. Original Section of the Wall
Looking over the marker, the section of wall to the left is mentioned in the text.
The Innis House at the far east end of the Original Wall image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 23, 2016
4. The Innis House at the far east end of the Original Wall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,828 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on July 24, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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