A Bloody Crossing

A Bloody Crossing (HM2KY)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Country: United States of America

N 38° 18.493', W 77° 27.379'

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Church bells in Fredericksburg tolled 3 a.m. on December 11, 1862, as Union engineers wrestled pontoon boats toward the river's edge in front of you. They intended to use the boats to construct two of the six floating bridges that the Army of the Potomac would need to cross the Rappahannock. For two hours the engineers toiled in darkness, trying to complete the spans before Confederate sharpshooters on the opposite bank spotted them.

At 5 a.m. Confederate musket fire burst from cellars and windows across the river. Those engineers not shot down scrambled for cover on the shore. Union cannon atop these heights responded with an eight-hour-long bombardment that ravaged the city but failed to silence the Confederates. Only by ferrying troops across the river under fire was the Union army able to drive the Confederates from the town and complete the bridges.

Such a feeling of anxiety and suspense I never experienced. I could scarcely breathe.
Sergeant Clark Baurer, 50th NY Engineers, watching the bridge builders about to come under fire.
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HM NumberHM2KY
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Year Placed2007
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285232 N 4242867
Decimal Degrees38.30821667, -77.45631667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.493', W 77° 27.379'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 29.58" N, 77° 27' 22.74" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Chatham Dr, Fredericksburg VA 22405, US
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