Of the soldiers, both blue and gray, who witnessed the scenes of unbearable carnage that dismal December in
1862, few would realize that with the next change of seasons, they would again contest these fields of human wreckage. In April
and May of the following spring, most Army of the Potomac soldiers would circle northwest with their newly appointed commander,
Major General Joseph Hooker. While a detachment under Major General John Sedgwick held the southerners on the heights in place,
General Hooker would lead his men in an attempt to outflank, trap, and destroy Robert E. Lee's smaller Army of Northern Virginia.
Their commander would again ask those pensively watching the gray forms moving on the heights to brave the crossing of these
savaged fields to dislodge the stubborn Confederates. This time, the stalwart southerners would grudgingly surrender this ground
to their blue clad foes. Union forces seeking to crush the Butternuts between two sections of a reinvigorated Federal Army would
face once more, a confident, stubborn, and energetic southern force which, despite its smaller size and perilous position, would
provide General Lee with perhaps his greatest victory of the war. It was his success during the Battle of Chancellorsville that
allowed him to again consider advancing North to spare Virginia the ravages of war and bring the fight to the enemy on his soil.
The view above pictures the monument to the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry now quietly resting atop the elevation of
Marye's Heights, the site of the twice fiercely contested ground which now serves as the Fredericksburg National Cemetery.
Click to your left for a view of the engraved placard on the monument's reverse which notes the battles fought here and casualties.