The Willis Hill Buildings

The Willis Hill Buildings (HM5I3)

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

N 38° 17.677', W 77° 28.107'

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— The Battle of Fredericksburg —

In December 1862 Confederate artillery on this hill rained shot and shell on attacking Union soldiers advancing out of Fredericksburg. Next to the guns was a small brick building, one of three that then occupied this part of the heights. "The little brick house, which was white at the beginning of the battle, was perfectly red with bullet-marks at its close," wrote one Confederate. "There was an odd cooking-stove in front of the house. The balls striking it kept up a perpetual 'bing, bing,' equalling the varied notes of a hand-organ."

This 1864 photograph, taken from about this spot, shows the Willis Hill buildings in ruins - wrecked by Union artillery during the fighting here. Confederate earthworks, now gone, creased the heights.
HM NumberHM5I3
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 4:17pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284130 N 4241386
Decimal Degrees38.29461667, -77.46845000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.677', W 77° 28.107'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 40.62" N, 77° 28' 6.42" 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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