Engines of Destruction

Engines of Destruction (HM4ZF)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Country: United States of America

N 38° 15.587', W 77° 27.258'

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The Battle of Fredericksburg

On December 13, 1862, nine Confederate cannon on this knoll helped repulse one of two major Union attacks against Jackson's front. At noon, Union infantry crashed into the Confederate infantry line to your right-front. Captain Greenlee Davidson's cannoneers fired double rounds of canister at just 300 yards' range. "The Yankees broke ... and you never saw such a stampede in your life," Davidson wrote.

Before and after this attack, Davidson's men engaged Union cannon in fierce duels. By day's end, the Confederate artillery was battered, Bernard's Cabins were in ruins, and the surrounding landscape was scarred. "The grove of pines in my front," said Davidson, "is no longer entitled to the name of a grove."

"The head of the column went down like wheat before the reaper. Another and another volley in quick succession completed the work...Canister from a Napoleon gun is a terrible engine of destruction."
-Captain Greenlee Davidson.
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HM NumberHM4ZF
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Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 11:16am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285265 N 4237488
Decimal Degrees38.25978333, -77.45430000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 15.587', W 77° 27.258'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 15' 35.22" N, 77° 27' 15.48" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 490 Lansdowne Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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