Confederates on the Ridge

Confederates on the Ridge (HM5HH)

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

N 38° 17.711', W 77° 28.133'

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— The Battle of Fredericksburg —

"What chance had flesh and blood to carry by storm such a position, garrisoned too as it was with veteran soldiers? Not one chance in a million."
Alexander Hunter,
17th Virginia Infantry.

At noon, December 13, 1862, the first of nine Union divisions poured out of Fredericksburg to attack a Georgia brigade that occupied the Sunken Road below you. "How beautifully they came on!" wrote an admiring Southerner. "Their bright bayonets glistening in the sunlight made the line look like a huge serpent of blue and steel."

As the Union attacks continued, three Carolina brigades crossed this shell-swept plateau to go to the Georgians' support. Some of the advancing Southerners halted here on the exposed brow of the hill to fire at the enemy below. Others dashed down its forward slope and joined the Georgians in the road. By mid-afternoon, 6,000 Confederate soldiers crowded the heights and the Sunken Road. One thousand were casualties before the day ended, half of them here on this ridge.
HM NumberHM5HH
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 12:50pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284094 N 4241450
Decimal Degrees38.29518333, -77.46888333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.711', W 77° 28.133'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 42.66" N, 77° 28' 7.98" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 535 Willis St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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