The Awkward Position of the 21st VirginiaWithout the leadership of either Generals Jackson or Winder, subordinate officers formed their men along the edge of woodlines where the ground offered a better field of fire. The men of the 21st Virginia were positioned here just inside the woodline, facing across this field, but they did not face the enemy to their left. About 5:30 p.m. Federal infantry under Gen. C.C. Auger attacked Confederates along the Crittenden Lane. The 21st Virginia found themselves perfectly aligned to fire right down the Federal line as it advanced across their front. Together with the fire of Confederates along the Crittenden Lane and plunging artillery fire from the shelf of Cedar Mountain, Auger's men were in a cross-fire, and the blue lines fell back.
|Placed By||Civil War Preservation Trust |
Friends of Fredericksburg Area Battlefields
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|Date Added||Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 10:24am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 756117 N 4254954|
|Decimal Degrees||38.40615000, -78.06690000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 24.369', W 78° 4.014'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 24' 22.14" N, 78° 4' 0.84" W|
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