Lee Hill Trail
Robert E. Lee's command post during the Battle of Fredericksburg was atop a hill then known as Telegraph Hill. As he watched the slaughter on the plains below, he made his famous statement, "It is good that war is so terrible, or we would come to love it." It was also here that Lee had two close calls with death. A nearby cannon exploded sending large pieces of iron in the air around much of the high Confederate command. Luckily, no one was injured. A second incident occurred when an incoming cannon explosive projectile landed near Lee, but failed to explode. During a 2nd Battle of Fredericksburg on May 3, 1863 (part of the Chancellorsville Campaign), the Confederate force on this hill was overrun by units of the Union VI Corps. This high ground would forever after be known as Lee Hill.
Did You Know?
The Confederate battleline at Fredericksburg stretched for seven miles on a series of hills and ridges west of the town. A five mile drive links the two sectors where fighting occurred. It follows the remains of Confederate earthworks which can be seen from your car.