The Confederate Line

The Confederate Line (HM5D0)

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

N 38° 17.716', W 77° 28.101'

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— The Battle of Fredericksburg —

You are now standing beside the Sunken Road, part of a heavily used 19th-century road system that linked Washington, D.C. and Richmond. In 1862, Confederate riflemen fired from the road upon line after line of Union troops advancing across open fields to your left. (Houses constructed early last century now cover most of these fields.) A waist-high stone wall protected the Confederate riflemen; Union troops had no such protection.

To your right is Marye's Heights. Nine guns of the Washington Artillery occupied the heights during the battle. By depressing the muzzles of their pieces, Confederate artillerists could scour the plain in front - firing over the heads of infantry here in the Sunken Road. It was perhaps the strongest natural position ever defended by Lee's army.

Our boys fired into the dense masses without the fear of missing & with a fair prospect of cutting down 2 at a time....
S.H. Walkup, 48th North Carolina Infantry
HM NumberHM5D0
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 10:49am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284141 N 4241458
Decimal Degrees38.29526667, -77.46835000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.716', W 77° 28.101'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 42.96" N, 77° 28' 6.06" 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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