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

Confederates on the Ridge

 

—The Battle of Fredericksburg —

 
Confederates on the Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
1. Confederates on the Ridge Marker
Inscription. "What chance had flesh and blood to carry by storm such a position, garrisoned too as it was with veteran soldiers? Not one chance in a million."
Alexander Hunter,
17th Virginia Infantry.

At noon, December 13, 1862, the first of nine Union divisions poured out of Fredericksburg to attack a Georgia brigade that occupied the Sunken Road below you. "How beautifully they came on!" wrote an admiring Southerner. "Their bright bayonets glistening in the sunlight made the line look like a huge serpent of blue and steel."

As the Union attacks continued, three Carolina brigades crossed this shell-swept plateau to go to the Georgians' support. Some of the advancing Southerners halted here on the exposed brow of the hill to fire at the enemy below. Others dashed down its forward slope and joined the Georgians in the road. By mid-afternoon, 6,000 Confederate soldiers crowded the heights and the Sunken Road. One thousand were casualties before the day ended, half of them here on this ridge.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 17.711′ N, 77° 28.133′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can
Detail of the Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
2. Detail of the Map
be reached from Sunken Road 0.1 miles north of Lafayette Boulevard (Virginia Highway 1), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on the Marye's Heights 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. The Confederate Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas R. R. Cobb (within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Attacks Begin (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stephens House (within shouting distance of this marker); Stephens Family Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Innis House (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Field of Battle (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a sketch of Confederate troops on Willis Hill. Union Troops advance across the plain below. To the right is a map detailing the troop movements discussed in the marker's text.
 
Also see . . .  Willis Hill in the Civil War. National Park Service page detailing
Confederates on the Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
3. Confederates on the Ridge Marker
the history of the hill and the fighting in this sector of the battlefield. (Submitted on June 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Marker on Marye's Heights image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
4. Marker on Marye's Heights
Confederate Position on the Slope image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
5. Confederate Position on the Slope
Looking down from Willis Hill onto the plateau. The stone wall of the Sunken Road is in the foreground. Early 20th-century buildings now cover what was open ground at the time of the battle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,430 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on August 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on June 30, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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