December 13, 1862. Watching the battle from the crest of this hill, Confederate commander R. E. Lee remarked: "It is well that war is so terrible - we should grow too fond of it!" In no battle were the Confederates more fortunately located. Starting at a bluff above the river dam, two miles north, Longstreet's Corps occupied a ridge made impregnable in front by a deep canal and swamps. Then came Marye's Heights, almost as strong. Next, here at Lee's Hill, began a curving line of high ground that stretched southward five miles to a bend in the Richmond railroad. The far right, the most vulnerable area on the field, was held by the massed brigades of Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson's Corps.