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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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Willis Hill Cemetery

Today I felt we should take a side trip. I’ve noticed from some of the supporting data I am provided through WordPress, that many of my readers are from different countries. It occurred to me that you may never have … Continue reading

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Washington Artillery (part 2)

Eshleman’s Battery on Willis Hill Unfortunately, due to the major ground leveling associated with the establishment of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery in 1866 atop Willis Hill, at the southern end of Marye’s Heights, all trace of Confederate earthworks located upon … Continue reading

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