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

Lee's Command Post

 

—The Battle of Fredericksburg —

 
Lee's Command Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
1. Lee's Command Post Marker
Inscription. This hill served as General Robert E. Lee's command post during the Battle of Fredericksburg. Before the fighting started, Confederate pioneers cut down trees on the front slope of the hill, giving the Confederate leader a better view of the battlefield than is possible today. To his left, he could see Fredericksburg and Marye's Heights. To his right was the broad plain in front of Prospect Hill and the right end of the Confederate line.

Lee spent much of December 13, 1862, here, watching the fighting with General James Longstreet. When Lee expressed concern about the safety of Longstreet's men in the Sunken Road, his subordinate assured him that his men could repel the attackers, "Give me plenty of ammunition," Longstreet boasted, and "I will kill them all before they reach my line." Not a single Union soldier reached the Sunken Road that day.

It did me good to look upon General Lee and Longstreet during the progress of the battle and observe the complacent, cool and satisfied air yet intense interest which their countenances...manifested."
Sergeant William B. Pettit, Fluvanna Artillery, Confederate staff officer
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location.
Lee's Command Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
2. Lee's Command Post Marker
38° 17.097′ N, 77° 28.57′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Lee Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at the top of Lee's Hill, accessible from a parking pullout on Lee Drive, which is stop three of the driving tour of Fredericksburg Battlefield. 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. Near Disaster (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Fredericksburg from Lee's Hill, December, 1862 (here, next to this marker); The Pioneers (a few steps from this marker); The Second Battle of Fredericksburg (a few steps from this marker); Artillery on Lee's Hill (a few steps from this marker); Lee's Hill, the commander's lookout (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Lee’s Hill (a few steps from this marker); Lee's Headquarters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. Artist Frank Vizetelly sketched this scene from Lee's Hill for the Illustrated London News which fills the bottom of the marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Fredericksburg. National Park Service summary
Lee's Command Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
3. Lee's Command Post Marker
Lee's Command Post marker is located in the center of the markers to the left of the exhibit shelter
of the battle. (Submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Lee's Hill Virtual Tour. National Park Service page. (Submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Lee's View of Fredericksburg image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
4. Lee's View of Fredericksburg
Late spring vegetation and over a century of changes offer a significantly more restricted field of view.
Fredericksburg Battlefield from Lee's Hill image. Click for full size.
By Glenn Milton, circa March 2008
5. Fredericksburg Battlefield from Lee's Hill
View of Stafford Heights and Fredericksburg from Lee's Hill. At center may be seen the steeple of Saint George's Church on Princess Ann Street. From here Lee could view the entire battlefield. Nearly 150 years of growth has narrowed that view dramatically. Photo taken in late winter.
Fredericksburg from Lee's Command Post image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, June 9, 2001
6. Fredericksburg from Lee's Command Post
View to Fredericksburg using a 200 mm lens.
Lee's Command Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 19, 2008
7. Lee's Command Post 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 1,354 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   4. submitted on July 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on May 22, 2010, by Glenn Milton of Kings Park, New York.   6. submitted on February 17, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.   7. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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