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"Sunken Road Walking Tour" Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park Things to Do Tip by chewy3326

  Sunken Road
by chewy3326

From the visitor center, take the path that leads up to Sunken Road. The Sunken Road walking tour can be done with a park ranger or by yourself. The tour leads along the recreated gravel road where Confederate soldiers built a stone wall to protect themselves from the Union advancement. A shallow trench was dug near the wall so that after firing at Union troops, Confederate soldiers could step into the trench and be temporarily protected, thus giving the road it's name. When Union troops tried to advance on the stone wall across the slope, they were defeated by Confederate artillery on Marye's Heights and the Confederate soldiers defending the stone wall. The battle ended as the worst defeat for the Union army in the entire Civil War.

Directions: Path starts near the visitor center

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  • Written Jan 8, 2006
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