Field of Battle

Field of Battle (HM5LJ)

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

N 38° 17.692', W 77° 28.09'

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— The Battle of Fredericksburg —

This photograph, taken from the heights to your right-rear, shows the landscape in front of you as it appeared the year after the Battle of Fredericksburg. The town of Fredericksburg sits atop the ridge in the distance; the spire of St. George's Episcopal Church dominates the skyline (and it still does).

Before the war, much of the open ground in this view had been Fredericksburg's fairgrounds. Fences that once enclosed them and sheds that once dotted the fairgrounds were swept away during the December 1862 battle.

For eight hours on December 13, 1862 these open fields became a killing ground. After the war, the dead buried here were disinterred, and slowly the town grew westward. The neighborhood that now stands in front of you was built between 1890 and 1930.
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HM NumberHM5LJ
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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 Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 9:07am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284156 N 4241413
Decimal Degrees38.29486667, -77.46816667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.692', W 77° 28.09'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 41.52" N, 77° 28' 5.40" 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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