Confederate Artillery

Confederate Artillery (HM5HI)

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

N 38° 17.678', W 77° 28.108'

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— The Battle of Fredericksburg —

Artillery was an effective weapon, particularly when used in defensive combat. Nowhere was that demonstrated more clearly than here on Marye's Heights, where nine guns of the Washington Artillery shattered the ranks of the oncoming Union army. "The shells fell thick and fast, exploding with deafening roar right in our midst. Shattered, torn and bleeding, our column still pushed on," wrote one Union soldier.

Toward sunset the Washington Artillery's ammunition ran low and the battalion retired to safety. Colonel Edward Porter Alexander's reserve artillery galloped up from the rear to take its place. Mistaking the Washington Artillery's withdrawal for a general Confederate retreat, Union forces again pressed toward the heights, only to be greeted by the blasts of Alexander's fresh guns. The Union battle lines dissolved in the growing darkness.
HM NumberHM5HI
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 3:57pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284129 N 4241388
Decimal Degrees38.29463333, -77.46846667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.678', W 77° 28.108'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 40.68" N, 77° 28' 6.48" 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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