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

Sunken Road Walking Trail

 

—The Battle of Fredericksburg —

 
Sunken Road Walking Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
1. Sunken Road Walking Trail Marker
Inscription. On December 13, 1862, Union troops poured out of Fredericksburg to attack Confederate forces behind the town. The heaviest blows fell here at Marye's Heights. For eight hours Union troops repeatedly charged the heights only to be slaughtered by the volleys of Confederate riflemen occupying a sunken road at the base of the hill.

This half-mile trail takes you down the Sunken Road, then climbs the hill and comes back along Marye's Heights, concluding at the National Cemetery. Those not wishing to climb the hill may return to the parking lot by way of the Sunken Road.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 17.682′ N, 77° 28.077′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Sunken Road and Lafayette Boulevard (Virginia Highway 1), on the right when traveling south on Sunken Road. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot for the Fredericksburg National Battlefield visitor center. The marker is the trail head for the tour. 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
Sunken Road Walking Trail Start Point image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
2. Sunken Road Walking Trail Start Point
distance of this marker. Field of Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Attacks Begin (within shouting distance of this marker); The Willis Hill Buildings (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Artillery (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas R. R. Cobb (within shouting distance of this marker); The Stephens House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. To the left is a map of the trail indicting monuments and the location of wartime structures. On the lower right is a photo of the Kirkland Monument.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Sunken Road and Marye's Heights Virtual Tour by Markers
 
Also see . . .  Sunken Road Walking Trail Virtual Tour. National Park Service page. (Submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Stone Wall image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
3. The Stone Wall
The reconstructed stone wall runs along the historic trace of the Sunken Road. Up until recently, the road was open to vehicles.
Marker Damaged image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 6, 2008
4. Marker Damaged
The marker was recently damaged by an early summer storm. The tree behind the marker (see photo 2) fell on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,476 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on July 12, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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