Fraternizing at the Ford

Fraternizing at the Ford (HMASD)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.491', W 77° 31.715'

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The Rappahannock River During the Civil War

The Rappahannock River served as a barrier separating the Union and Confederate Armies during the winter of 1862-63. Places where the water level, the river bottom, and the steepness of the banks were favorable for crossings were known as "fords." At Banks' Ford, Alabama troops under Col. Hilary Herbert guarded the Confederate side of the river. Although fraternizing with the enemy was against orders, the opposing soldiers often arranged informal truces.

Warning the Troops
Detachments of soldiers called "pickets" guarded places along the river that were of military value. Their mission was to give warning if an opposing force should advance. The Union pickets in the foreground of this image were directly across the river from this point.
Placed ByFriends of the Rappahannock
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 4:09pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 278912 N 4243034
Decimal Degrees38.30818333, -77.52858333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.491', W 77° 31.715'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 29.46" N, 77° 31' 42.90" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5463-5477 State Rte 618, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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