Category Archives: In the neighborhood

National Cemetery (Part 4) – Creation of the Cemetery

The National Cemetery in Fredericksburg was officially created on February 22, 1867 when Congress passed an “Act to establish and protect national cemeteries.” This act “authorized the Secretary of War to purchase cemetery land, build enclosures, appoint superintendents, construct caretaker … Continue reading

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National Cemetery (Part 3) – Swale Trench and Wallace’s Ice House

This is the third in a series on the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. I return to the Anderson sketch of the Union burial trenches used in the previous post. These trenches were created to accommodate the large number of Union dead … Continue reading

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National Cemetery (Part 2) – Stratton Burial Trench

The purpose of this post is to honor the memory of the fallen, and to identify some of the prominent locations of the temporary Union war-time burials, prior to their being gathered into the Fredericksburg National Cemetery on Willis Hill. … Continue reading

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Railroad Development in Fredericksburg

The following is a short but incomplete history of the railroads of Fredericksburg and how they impacted the terrain of the Battle of Fredericksburg of 1862.  In the years between 1834 and today there have been two railroads in Fredericksburg. … Continue reading

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The Poor House

This post is a continuation of my previous post on the area of lower Fredericksburg (click here). One location of interest in my previous post was the John L. Knight’s Poor House and nearby brick yard. Both the Poor House … Continue reading

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