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At Ease: Fredericksburg History


From Pelham's Corner to Latimer's Knoll, Slaughter Pen Farm, Deep Run, Willis Hill, and a few other locations, you've been helping us save acres of land at Fredericksburg battlefield for years. Thank you! Today, we're spending some time "at ease in camp" looking at Fredericksburg history, photos, a new video, and (drum-roll) the survey results for the generals at Fredericksburg.


Survey Results

You voted. We tallied. With 55 votes, here are the results from last week's survey for Generals at Fredericksburg:

First place (13 votes) goes to Union General George G. Meade! His troops broke through the Confederate line near Prospect Hill but were not able to follow up on their success due to a lack of reinforcements.

Second and Third tied (7 votes each) for Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Lee's victory at Fredericksburg crowned his year of successes in 1862. Commanding the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, Jackson held the right flank of the Confederate line and counterattacked against Meade's breakthrough.


CVBT's New Fredericksburg Video


On Fredericksburg Battlefield

If you live locally here in Central Virginia, consider taking your daily stroll at Fredericksburg battlefield (maintaining good social distancing, of course). We're suggesting two locations based on the survey results. Both sites are within Fredericksburg National Battlefield and the outdoor parts of the national park are still open from sunrise to sunset at this time.

Meade's Pyramid (Overlook) At the end of Lee Drive at Prospect Hill is the best place to catch a glimpse of Meade's Pyramid which honors the breakthrough achieved by his troops during the battle on December 13, 1862.

Lee's Hill

Just off Lafayette Blvd. and at the start of Lee's Drive (opposite end from Prospect Hill) rises Lee's Hill. A short, steep trail to the top allows visitors to stand in Lee's "footprints" from the Battle of Fredericksburg.


Central Virginia Battlefields Trust's mission is to preserve, protect, and educate about Civil War hallowed ground at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania.

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