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Fredericksburg II
Marye's Heights
Virginia Civil War


American Civil War
May 3, 1863

On May 1, General Robert E. Lee left General Jubal A. Early's division to hold Fredericksburg, while marching with the rest of the army to meet Union General Hooker's main offensive thrust at Chancellorsville.

On May 3, the Union VI Corps under Sedgwick, reinforced by John Gibbon's II Corps division, having crossed the Rappahannock River, assaulted and carried the Confederate entrenchments on Marye's Heights.

The outnumbered Confederates withdrew and regrouped west and southeast of town.

Result(s): Union victory Heights

Location: Fredericksburg

Campaign: Chancellorsville Campaign (April-May 1863) next battle in campaign    previous battle in campaign

Date(s): May 3, 1863

Principal Commanders: General John Sedgwick [US]; Major General Jubal A. Early [CS]

Forces Engaged: Corps

Estimated Casualties: 2,000 total




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The commander of the Fredericksburg Artillery, Edward A. Marye, lived in his family's house before the war.Marye House Fredericksburg Virginia

During the Wilderness and Spotsylvania operations of May 1864, the Marye House serves as a Federal Hospital, and the wounded lay outside under the trees, one of which still stands.

Known locally then and now as Brompton, the house now serves as the home for the president of Mary Washington College.



 

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