As I’ve done thus far throughout the sesquicentennial, allow me to offer a “tour” of the Fredericksburg battlefield’s cannons.
Fredericksburg battlefield features a small, but varied, set of guns. The largest are four 32-pdr seacoast guns in the National Cemetery, serving as memorials. As for those in the “field” there are two impressive 4.5-inch Rifles at Chatham.
Being on Chatham Heights, a visitor can take license and say they represent the guns that bombarded the city during the battle. But these are the type seen in wartime photos entrenched upon the heights in 1863.
In a position to “duel” with these are two 30-pdr Parrotts on the other side of the Rappanannock.
In between are 3-inch Ordnance, 3-inch Confederate, 12-pdr Confederate Napoleons, and several James Rifles. I’ve included an iron 6-pdr gun located downtown. Although it is not setup on a battlefield display, it is on the battlefield… as is this fellow…
… that I must leave off the list.
- It’s all about the foundry numbers: 30-pdr Tredegar Parrotts at Fredericksburg (markerhunter.wordpress.com)
- Fredericksburg Sesquicentennial Schedule (markerhunter.wordpress.com)
- Irish Brigade honored at Battle of Fredericksburg commemoration (irishcentral.com)
- Civil war battle rises from the ruins of Old Fredericksburg (independent.co.uk)
- 150 Years Ago: “…the consequence of getting astride of a river…” (markerhunter.wordpress.com)