Our first stop was the Fredericksburg Civil War Battlefield - since the battle was a Confederate victory, Dave wasn't as interested as when we were on Union territory...but equal time was due...especially since we were there 152 years since the battle (it was fought December 11-15, 1862, and we were there on the 11th)...
|on the wall at the Sunken Road|
|past the fence and into the woods is where Lee had his headquarters|
The pyramid was erected by the Confederate Memorial Literary Society and marks the point were General George Meade’s Union division penetrated the boggy gap in Jackson’s lines. In front of it is the railroad line.
My Great-Grandfather, Henry Addison Armistead was in the 14th Tennessee Infantry, which was in Archer's Brigade under A.P. Hill. And, according to the map, Archer's men were just in front of Prospect Hill, which is to the right of the trees in the foreground. Gregg's men were on this side of the tracks, somewhere on the tan ground in the middle across from the pyramid, and Archer's were to the right...
|With the cannon at Prospect Hill with my back to the Boggy Gap, so Archer's men were somewhere behind me...|
|you can see the Confederate trenches just to the right of the first line of trees...|
I'm not saying either side was right, but it was pretty cool to know that I was walking on ground fought on by my great-grandfather! It must have been awful - muddy, boggy, stench. But he made it through - until he was captured at Gettysburg the following July.
Next time we go, we'll stop at Spotsylvania - Dave has someone in his family tree that was there.