Ravaged Town

Ravaged Town (HM11R)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 17.941', W 77° 27.901'

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Fredericksburg had enjoyed more than a century of comfortable prosperity by 1860. Although its economic heydey was past, the town's elegant houses, numerous churches, and shady, tree-lined streets bespoke lingering wealth and refinement.

The Civil War shattered the town's stately tranquility. On December 11, 1862, some 150 Union cannon fired on Fredericksburg, toppling walls and setting fire to buildings. Confederate artillery added to the destruction, targeting Union soldiers who occupied, then looted, the doomed town.

Terrified citizens fled Fredericksburg, taking whatever they could carry. When they returned, their lives—like the town itself—were in shambles. It would take decades to recover.

(Sidebar Quote):
The once beautiful city of Fredericksburg is almost in ruins. There [is] hardly a house that is not torn to pieces by shell & shot from cannon & a great many burnt to ashes."
William R. Montgomery,
Phillips' Legion Infantry
HM NumberHM11R
Placed ByCity of Fredericksburg
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 12:09pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284444 N 4241867
Decimal Degrees38.29901667, -77.46501667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.941', W 77° 27.901'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 56.46" N, 77° 27' 54.06" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600-698 Hanover St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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