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

Fredericksburg Campaign

 
 
Fredericksburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
1. Fredericksburg Campaign Marker
Inscription. December 13, 1862. On this ridge, called Marye's Heights, blazed the cannon of Col. J.B. Walton's Louisiana battalion, the Washington Artillery. Late in the day, out of ammunition, it yielded the post to Col. E.P. Alexander's Reserve Artillery. Gen. Robert Ransom's North Carolina infantrymen supported the guns and reinforced Cobb's Georgians and Kershaw's South Carolinians in the Sunken Road below. The open field of attack was raked "as with a fine-tooth comb," Alexander assured corps commander James Longstreet, "A chicken could not live on that field."
 
Erected by United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 17.578′ N, 77° 28.115′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is on Sunken Road 0.1 miles north of Lafayette Boulevard (Virginia Highway 1), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery, near 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. Col. Joseph A. Moesch ( within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Atkinson Humphreys
Fredericksburg Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
2. Fredericksburg Campaign Marker
( within shouting distance of this marker); 127th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Fifth Corps, Army of the Potomac ( within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg National Cemetery ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Sunken Road ( about 400 feet away); Willis Hill Cemetery ( about 400 feet away); The Second Battle of Fredericksburg ( about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
View from the Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
3. View from the Cemetery
Looking over Lafayette Boulevard from the Heights in the cemetery. The Washington Artillery's right most guns were placed near the point this photo was taken. Ransom's Brigade was also initially posted in this vicinity. The Federal infantry attacks occurred to the north of Lafayette Boulevard (to the left). However the view over that ground is blocked by modern structures.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,067 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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