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The day after the battle, Sergeant Richard Kirkland of South Carolina risked his life in bringing water to wounded enemy soldiers in front of Marye's Heights.  This monument commemorates his courage and compassion.Union attacks at Fredericksburg focused on the Sunken Road.  Confederate soldiers posted in the road behind a stout stone wall, successfully repulsed the attacks of 30,000 Union soldiers during the course of the day.Located at the southern end of Lee Drive, the park tour road, Prospect Hill was the site of This 18th-century house served as a Union headquarters and hospital during the Battle of Fredericksburg.  Many famous Americans, including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, were guests here.

Fredericksburg Battlefield


Donald Pfanz National Park Service

(540) 372-3031


Fredericksburg Battlefield

1013 Lafayette Boulevard

Fredericksburg VA




Fredericksburg is among the most famous battles of the Civil War. On December 13, 1862, General Ambrose E. Burnside launched a series of brave but futile attacks against General Robert E. Lee's position on the heights behind town.  Lee's men, posted in a strong position behind a stone wall at the base of Marye's Heights, successfully repulsed repeated Union attacks. 

Begin your visit to the park at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center,  Exhibits and and 20-minute film inside the building describe the battle.  Take a guided walk down the Sunken Road, scene of the heaviest fighting, and then return to the visitor center by way of the national cemetery, where 15,300 Union soldiers now lie buried.  After leaving the visitor center, drive across the river to Chatham, an 18th-century plantation that served as a Union headquarters and hospital during the war, and then take a spin down Lee Drive, the 5-mile-long park tour road that follows the Confederate line.