Seeking Cover

Seeking Cover (HMH0J)

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

N 38° 17.763', W 77° 28.086'

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Battle of Fredericksburg

For Union soldiers who attacked Marye's Heights, the open plain in front of you offered just two sources of cover: the brick Stratton house, visible just two blocks ahead on the left side of the street, and the swale, a slight drop in the landscape just beyond the Stratton house. Both are visible from this location.

For three days, Union soldiers stubbornly clung to their position in front of the stone wall, pinned down by Confederate riflemen in the Sunken Road. Some Union soldiers lying in the swale tried to protect themselves by pushing dirt in front of them. Others sought shelter behind the bodies of fallen comrades. Night along brought protection.

The enemy riddled every moving thing in sight ....
Capt. John W. Ames, 11th United States Infantry.
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HM NumberHMH0J
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Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 7:44pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284165 N 4241545
Decimal Degrees38.29605000, -77.46810000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.763', W 77° 28.086'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 45.78" N, 77° 28' 5.16" 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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