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

  Rebel cannons face the threat on Prospect Hill
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  • Rebel cannons face the threat on Prospect Hill - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Rebel cannons face the threat on Prospect Hill
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  • Artistic license of the battle here - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Artistic license of the battle here
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  • Information on Meade's Battle - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Information on Meade's Battle
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  • Cannons and old revetments on Prospect Hill - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Cannons and old revetments on Prospect Hill
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  • Actions on the Southern Front - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Actions on the Southern Front
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Many people don't realize that the Confederate position at Fredericksburg covered over seven miles. The push at Marye's Heights was to be helped by a bigger push in the south by the Federal Grand Left Division led by Maj. Gen. William Franklin. Franklin was a disciple of former Union Commander George McClellan and like McClellan, Franklin went about his battles in a cautious manner. He only used half of his available manpower - almost 60000 men against 30000 of Stonewall Jackson's force - and when one division, under Gen. George Meade actually did achieve a breakthrough, Franklin did not reinforce Meade, allowing Jackson to throw reinforcements at to Meade to plug the gap. The history of the battle here is almost as sad as the one that would soon follow on Marye's Heights to the north.

Lee's Drive will take you down from the Visitor Center through the woods - not there during the War - past old Confederate trench lines, ending on Prospect Hill where you find several cannons facing the past Federal threat. There are several informational tablets explaining the actions here as well as more Rebel embankments.

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