Near Disaster

Near Disaster (HM5LZ)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 17.097', W 77° 28.57'

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— The Battle of Fredericksburg —

On this hill on December 13, 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee twice nearly met personal disaster. While firing its 39th round of the day, a 30-pounder Parrott Rifle (like the one in front of you) burst, sending chunks of metal across the hilltop - narrowly missing Generals Lee and Longstreet.

Later, a Union artillery shell fired from Stafford Heights, more than a mile away, buried itself in the earthworks at Lee's side. The shell failed to explode. Meanwhile, Confederate cannons here continued their deadly work, adding to the horror of Union troops trapped in front of Marye's Heights and the Sunken Road.
HM NumberHM5LZ
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - U.S. Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 9:55am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 283427 N 4240332
Decimal Degrees38.28495000, -77.47616667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.097', W 77° 28.57'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 5.82" N, 77° 28' 34.20" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1013 Lee Dr, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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