From this hill (now called Lee's Hill) a little to the east, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee watched the First Battle of Fredericksburg. As the armies prepared for combat, Lee commented that "It is well that war is so terrible--we should grow too fond of it." On 13 Dec. 1862, Union Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside ordered an assault against the Confederate position. The Confederates withstood the attack, which lasted until dark, and slaughtered the Federals with artillery and small-arms fire. Two days later the defeated Union army retreated across the Rappahannock River.
Geographic Location: Fredericksburg
Physical Description of Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Located on Lafayette Blvd (Hwy 1), 0.5 miles southwest of the junction of Lafayette Blvd (Hwy 1) and Blue and Gray Pkwy (Rt. 3). Marker is on the left when traveling southwest on Lafayette Blvd (Hwy 1).
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