May 4, 1863From May 1-3, 1863 Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson fought a powerful federal army to a standstill at Chancellorsville, while Major General Jubal A. Early's division confronted the Union 6th Corps at Fredericksburg. On May 4th, following battles fought at Fredericksburg and Salem Church the day before, Early used Brigadier General William Smith's Brigade to probe the Federal line near the Plank Road. He found it strongly held and so began careful preparations for another attack. At 6:00 P.M., Early launched his other brigades against the Union force. Brigadier Generals Robert F. Hoke, Harry T. Hays, and John B. Gordon led their men forward against the Federals positioned on the ridge traversed by modern day Cowan Boulevard. This first line collapsed under the pressure and the Confederates pressed on, across Smith Run. Colonel Lewis A. Grant's Vermont Brigade held the ridge west of the creek and the severe fighting continued. The soldiers of Vermont counterattacked, but as the sun went down, they were outflanked by Gordon's Brigade, which had worked it's way north to Fall Hill. The Federals pulled back to a new line of defense along present day Fall Hill Avenue, which they held that night while the Union Sixth Corps retreated across the Rappahannock River at Banks Ford.
|Placed By||Sons of Confederate Veterans? Matthew Fontaine Maury Camp 1722|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 11:51pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 281698 N 4242705|
|Decimal Degrees||38.30590000, -77.49665000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 18.354', W 77° 29.799'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 18' 21.24" N, 77° 29' 47.94" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6001 Cowan Blvd, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US|
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