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Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park)

National Cemetery

National Cemetery, looking north (36K)

Image 1: National Cemetery, looking north. This is the main view of the National Cemetery with the flag clearly seen. The picture was taken in the vicinity of the Parker's Battery monument. Down the slope, in the background to the right, can be seen the Butterfield Monument.

The sloped hills make this a striking, and unique, cemetery. Its location tends to make it seem secluded while shielding it from outside noise. The cemetery contains many of the Union dead from the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania.
 

Cemetery hill, looking west (36K)

Image 2: Cemetery hill, looking west. The rolling crest of the hill reveals row upon row of grave markers. The magnitude of the Civil War's cost in human lives starts to sink in when you realize each of these markers represents one soldier killed in battle, and that this represents only a very small percentage of the dead.
 

Cemetery hill (45K)

Image 3: Cemetery hill. Another view of the grave markers, lying in neat rows amongst the trees on the cemetery hill.
 

William Jones, Medal of Honor (45K)

Image 4: William Jones, Medal of Honor. This simple marble marker is more ornate than most as it marks the grave of William Jones, Medal of Honor winner. Jones was 1st Sergeant, Company A, 75 New York Infantry, and died on May 12, 1864. The timing of his death suggests he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Spotsylvania.
 

Terrace Graves (40K)

Image 5: Terrace graves. The high ground now occupied by the National Cemetery has been "terraced": small plateaus have been sculpted into the hill to allow for flat grave sites. This picture was taken at the bottom of the hill topped by the cemetery, not far from the Fredericksburg visitor's centre.
 

Humphrey's Monument (28K)

Image 6: Humphrey's Monument. This statue, located near the centre of the cemetery, was erected by the State of Pennsylvania to commemorate the brave, but futile, charge by Humphrey's Division of V Corps.

These photographs were taken with a Nikon F-601 autofocus SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens or a Sigma 150mm - 300mm f5.6 telephoto zoom lens. The image was captured on Kodak Gold 200 film.