Big Gun at Howison Hill

Big Gun at Howison Hill (HM5M0)

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

N 38° 16.73', W 77° 28.428'

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— The Battle of Fredericksburg —

Two weeks of Union delay before the Battle of Fredericksburg gave the Confederates time to bring up large cannons rarely seen on other battlefields in Virginia. The sturdy gun emplacements above you protected a huge siege gun, capable of firing a 30-pound shell nearly two miles. Ten men operated the cannon; typically, a gun like this would fire a round every five minutes.

As they awaited battle, Confederate cannoneers cut down trees and carefully calculated the range to likely areas of Union attack. When the fighting started on December 13, 1862, the Confederate guns here on Howison Hill fired rhythmically on Union columns in front of Marye's Heights. The crossfire from Howison Hill added horror to an already impossible Union task.
HM NumberHM5M0
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 12:33pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 283616 N 4239647
Decimal Degrees38.27883333, -77.47380000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 16.73', W 77° 28.428'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 16' 43.80" N, 77° 28' 25.68" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 115-129 Lee Dr, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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