• Fredericksburg Battlefield: Sunken Road, Stone Wall and Innis House sunrise

    Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania

    National Military Park Virginia

Tour Stop, Maury Birthplace

Maury Birthplace Monument

Maury Birthplace Monument

During "Stonewall' Jackson's flank march, the Confederates passed the house where Matthew Fontaine Maury was born. Maury's parents purchased this property from "Light Horse Harry" Lee, father of Robert E. Lee. Maury was the first superintendent of the United States Naval Observatory, founded the science of oceanography, and served as an officer and technological specialist in the Confederate Navy.
 
Exhibit about Matthew Fontaine Maury

Exhibit about Matthew Fontaine Maury

Maury had always been very interested in the commercial construction of the South. As tensions increased between the South and the North, his regional interests became solidified. On April 20,1861, three days after Virginia seceded from the Union, Maury resigned from the United States Navy. Several days later, he accepted the position of commander in the Confederate States Navy. Because of his international fame, he was sent to England as a spokesperson for the Confederate government and the Southern cause. During the Civil War, Maury was successful in acquiring war vessels for the Confederacy, and he was known for the progress he made in harbor defense, even experimenting with electrical mines.
 

Did You Know?

Information desk at Chancellorsville Visitor Center

The Wilderness Battlefield does not have a visitor center. Visitors should begin their visit at the Fredericksburg or Chancellorsville visitor centers where they obtain maps, brochures, and ask questions.