• Sunken Road, Stone Wall and Innis House

    Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania

    National Military Park Virginia

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Virtual Tour Stop, Federal Breakthrough

Interpretive Signs at Union breakthrough
The Federal objective in the Battle of Fredericksburg was to capture this wooded ridge at the southern end of the Confederate line. Burnside thought that would compel the Confederate forces to withdraw from their strong position. The Union got lucky when "Stonewall" Jackson left a 600-yard gap in the line. General George Meade's division crashed through the opening at this spot.
 
Interpretive Sign at Union Breakthrough
These woods and swamp were held by troops of Maxcy Gregg’s South Carolina Brigade on the afternoon of December 13th. Near 1 P.M. Union troops struck this area driving back the South Carolinians and mortally wounding Gregg. Eventually the Union soldiers were forced back and the breach sealed.
 
Interpretive sign at Union Breakthrough
General Gregg was unaware of the gap in front of his lines. As Meade's soldiers surged up the hill, Gregg rode along his line ordering his troops to hold their fire, afraid that they faced retreating Confederates. As an obvious target in a general's uniform on horseback, Gregg suffered when a Union bullet penetrated his side and lodged near the spine. "Stonewall" Jackson and A.P. Hill visited him as he lay dying in the Yerby House. He died just before sunrise on December 15.
 
Prospect Hill, Tour Stop #6 sign

Prospect Hill is tour stop #6 on the driving tour of the battlefield

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Did You Know?

7th Michigan Monument at Fredericksburg

In 2003, a monument to the 7th Michigan Infantry was placed where that unit crossed the Rappahannock River into the streets of Fredericksburg. It was the first Union regiment to cross the river during the Battle of Fredericksburg.The monument is on Sophia Street at the foot of Hawke Street.