The Stephens House

The Stephens House (HM5E3)

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

N 38° 17.724', W 77° 28.092'

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— The Battle of Fredericksburg —

The foundation outlined before you marks the wartime home of Edward and Martha Stephens. On December 13, 1862, the house was caught in the vortex of Union attacks against the Sunken Road. Confederate sharpshooters fired from the house windows and roof. The Union artillery shell that killed General Thomas Cobb passed through the house before exploding.

Legend holds that Martha Stephens, unlike most local residents, remained in her house throughout the battle. She purportedly made repeated, dangerous trips to her well and tore strips from her own garments to bind the wounds of the fallen. Mrs. Stephens lived until 1888; she is buried in the plot to your left. The house survived the battle but was destroyed by fire in 1913.
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HM NumberHM5E3
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Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 12:56am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284155 N 4241473
Decimal Degrees38.29540000, -77.46820000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.724', W 77° 28.092'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 43.44" N, 77° 28' 5.52" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500-540 Willis St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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