"F'BURG SUNKEN LANE" Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park Things to Do Tip by mtncorg

  Spot wher Gen Cobb was fatally wounded
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  • Spot wher Gen Cobb was fatally wounded - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Spot wher Gen Cobb was fatally wounded
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  • Original stone wall along the Sunken Road - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Original stone wall along the Sunken Road
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  • Rebuilt stone wall near Visitor Center - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Rebuilt stone wall near Visitor Center
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  • Sunken Road and Innis House - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Sunken Road and Innis House
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This was the epicenter of action on Dec 12, 1863. Brigade after brigade from Maj. Gen. William Sumner's Right Grand Division was thrown at the Confederates here. The Rebel forces were part of James Longstreet's corps and directly under the command of Thomas Cobb. They had the advantage of a natural entrenched position - the road had sunken down over the years from the weight of passing traffic and a dry stone wall had been erected to try and control erosion. Cobb's troops stood behind the stone wall and shot down the Federals before they even got close. It was a totally lopsided affair, though Cobb was one of the Confederate casualties as he was mortally wounded. A monument marks the spot where he went down. He was buried in his native Georgia.

Website: http://www.nps.gov/frsp/sunken.htm

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