Category Archives: Terrain

Unfinished Railroad Cut – part 2

In the last post, I explored the unfinished railroad cut located in Fredericksburg.  It was created in the early years of American railroad construction in Virginia. In this post, I will be looking at the Union infantry regiments who traversed … Continue reading

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Unfinished Railroad Cut – Part 1

This is the first of two posts on the unfinished railroad cut at Fredericksburg. In this piece I will look at the cut and its development from the mid-1850 to the present. Part two will look at how the cut … 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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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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Union Action at the Poor House

On the day of the Union attack against Marye’s Heights, two batteries of Union artillery supported these attacks from lower Fredericksburg. They were Lieutenant George Dickinson’s Battery E, 4th US Light Artillery and Captain Charles A. Phillips 5th Massachusetts Light … Continue reading

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