Fredericksburg City Dock

Fredericksburg City Dock (HM2M)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 17.792', W 77° 27.22'

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Bridges and Biscuits

Why was Fredericksburg important to the Union war effort? The answer lies in logistics. The Union army, numbering more than 100,000 troops, required tons of food, clothing and other supplies to operate, Wagon trains could supply the army for short distances, but they were cumbersome and difficult to protect. Longer supply lines required either water or rail transportation. Fredericksburg, with its railroad and close proximity to the Potomac River, provided the Union Army with an ideal base for an "On to Richmond" drive.

Three bridges spanned the Rappahannock River here in 1861: the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad bridge (which stood at the same location as the modern bridge ahead of you) and two wagon bridges located farther upstream. Retreating Confederates destroyed these spans in April 1862, making it necessary for the Union army to cross the river on pontoon bridges the following December during the Battle of Fredericksburg. The middle pontoon bridge stood here at the city dock.
HM NumberHM2M
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByCivil War Trails
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Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 6:31am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285429 N 4241565
Decimal Degrees38.29653333, -77.45366667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.792', W 77° 27.22'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 47.52" N, 77° 27' 13.20" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 205-299 Sophia St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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