While General Robert E. Lee engaged the Union army at Chancellorsville, Confederate Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early confronted a smaller Union force led by Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick at Fredericksburg. On 3 May 1863, Sedgwick overran Early's lines at Marye's Heights, compelling Early to fall back to this point. When Sedgwick moved toward Chancellorsville, Early slipped in behind him, retaking Marye's Heights. Early and other Confederate troops then attacked Sedgwick on 4 May, forcing the Union general to retreat across the Rappahannock River at Scott's Ford.
Geographic Location: Spotsylvania County
Physical Description of Location: 4153-4199 Lafayette Boulevard (US 1 Business), Fredericksburg, VA 22408. Marker is on right when traveling north on Lafayette Boulevard, in front of Spostwood Baptist Church.
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