2nd Manassas - Aug. 1862
The Fredericksburg Campaign - December 1862
The National Cemetery at Fredericksburg

The National Cemetery at Fredericksburg.
As the two Confederate Generals gazed intently at the continuous stream of assaulting Federal columns, General Lee turned to his Lieutenant and remarked, "General they are massing very heavily and will break your line, I am afraid." Prophetically, Lee's old war horse noted in reply, "General, if you put every man now on the other side of the Potomac on that field to approach me over the same line, and give me plenty of ammunition, I will kill them all before they reach my line. Look to your right. You are in some danger there, but not on my line." [24]

It was about the Confederate line that stretched over and below these heights that Lieutenant General James Longstreet spoke. In a sadly ironic twist, the hills on which the men in blue could not set foot, now serve as a place of eternal rest for over fifteen thousand Union dead. Collected from the fields below as well as those of other battles, only about fifteen percent of those resting here are identified. The once formidable Marye's Heights is now home to this National Cemetery at Fredericksburg for countless, anonymous Civil War dead.

Fredericksburg National Cemetery

Confederate Cemetery in FredericksburgOnly a few blocks away from the Fredericksburg National Cemetery on Marye's Heights, 3,553 Confederate soldiers rest for all eternity under the watchful eye of a monument honoring their service to the southern states. Dedicated in May of 1870, Confederate soldiers from 14 states who fought in the Battles of First and Second Fredericksburg, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania, now rest on the ground over which so many Union soldiers died trying to reach the stone wall above which Union soldiers now lay.