On 5 Aug. 1862, two detachments of Union troops left Fredericksburg with the intention of damaging the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. Brig. Gen. John Gibbon led a brigade of some 2,000 men down Telegraph Road toward Hanover Junction, while Col. Lysander Cutler led a smaller force to Frederick's Hall via Spotsylvania Court House. Near Thornburg, Gibbon encountered Confederate cavalry and turned back. Cutler avoided the Confederates, however, and destroyed two miles of track before returning to Fredericksburg on 8 Aug. The Confederates quickly repaired the damage.
Geographic Location: Spotsylvania County
Physical Description of Location: Northeast corner of intersection between Jefferson Davis Highway (US 1) and Guinea Station Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407. Marker is on right when traveling north on US 1, just past Massaponax High School.
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