Category Archives: Terrain

Martha Stephens House

Martha Ann Stephens, also known by the last names of Farrow and Innis or Ennis or Stevens, is a person of legend in Fredericksburg, a person of contradictions. She could not read or write, yet owned land, a rarity for women in the mid-nineteenth century. She did not have the advantage of family or wealth in the community. Martha was a nonconformist doing things ‘her way’ which frequently caused legal issues. She spoke her mind to whomever she talked to. She may not have even been remembered but for the fact that she owned a home located on the historic Sunken Road. Continue reading

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155th Fredericksburg Remembrance Walk (Pt 1)

Sunday, December 10th, marked the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg. The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park decided to make a significant programmatic change in how the anniversary was remembered. According to National Park Service (NPS) Chief Historian … Continue reading

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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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