Union Breakthrough

Union Breakthrough (HM25G)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22408
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 15.083', W 77° 26.634'

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At 1:30 p.m., little more than an hour after Union troops began their assaults on Marye's Heights, Gen. George G. Meade's division penetrated "Stonewall" Jackson's line here at Prospect Hill. Meade's 3,800 Pennsylvanians advanced toward a tongue of trees that extended beyond the railroad, 500 yards in front of you. Because the ground there was marshy and considered impassable, Jackson had covered the area with only a thin line of skirmishers.

Meade's men sloshed through the lightly defended gap, scattered a Confederate brigade, and seized a military road that ran along the ridgetop. For more than an hour they struggled to maintain their foothold in Jackson's line. Confederate reserves poured out of the woods behind you, screaming the rebel yell. Disorganized, outnumbered, and unsupported, the Pennsylvanians tumbled back out of the woods, pursued by Jackson's men. The Union's best chance for success had failed.
HM NumberHM25G
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 2:08am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286151 N 4236531
Decimal Degrees38.25138333, -77.44390000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 15.083', W 77° 26.634'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 15' 4.98" N, 77° 26' 38.04" W
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Area Code(s)540, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2401 Lee Dr, Fredericksburg VA 22408, US
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