Contesting the CrossingConfederate troops under the command of Gen. William Barksdale were awake and alert hereon the morning of December 11,1862, waiting anxiously for the sun to rise. On the river, unseen in the inky blackness but clearly audible in the night's stillness, Union engineers were constructing a pontoon bridge that would enable Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's Army of the Potomac to cross the Rappahannock River and seize Fredericksburg. Barksdale's task was to delay the Union crossing long enough for the rest of the Confederate army to take position on the heights behind the town, one mile ahead of you.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 1:55am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 285432 N 4241563|
|Decimal Degrees||38.29651667, -77.45363333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 17.791', W 77° 27.218'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 17' 47.46" N, 77° 27' 13.08" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 205-299 Sophia St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US|
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