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Vritual Tour Stop, Bernard's Cabins

Bernard's Cabins Trail Map

Bernard's Cabins Trail Map

Halfway down Lee Drive, a little more than a half mile beyond its intersection with Lansdowne Road, begins one of the newest and least-known trails on the Fredericksburg Battlefield. To read about the cabins and fighting that occurred in this area, click here.

 
Bernard's Cabins Trail

The trail starts at the road and winds through the woods for half a mile before emerging into a large plowed field overlooking Shannon Airport and the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad (now CSX). It terminates at Bernard's Cabins, the site of a small slave community.

 
Site of Bernard's Cabins
Bernard's Cabins became an important Confederate artillery position on "Stonewall" Jackson's end of the line. The center of his line was wooded, preventing the Confederate leader from placing any artillery there. Instead, he placed a large number of cannons on either side of the woods and angled the guns toward one another so as to catch any Union troops who might attempt to attack the woods in a deadly crossfire. To the left of the woods, at Bernard's Cabins, stood nine guns of Capt. Greenlee Davidson's battalion.
 
Interpretive Signs at Bernard's Cabins
The trail terminates at Bernard's Cabins, the site of a small slave community. The cabins and their occupants belonged to Arthur Bernard, the owner of Mannsfield, a plantation house that stood about one and a half miles to the east.
 
Tour Stop 5, Federal Breakthrough

The Union Brealthrough is tour stop #5 on the driving tour of the battlefield.

Proceed to Virtual Tour Stop, Union Breakthrough.

Did You Know?

Kenmore Mansion

Kenmore Mansion was the home of Betty Washington Lewis and her husband Fielding Lewis. Betty was the sister of George Washington. The house contains two rooms listed as being among the 100 most beautiful rooms in America. The house is open to the public.