Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park)

Marye's Heights

Marye's Heights, looking east (43K)

Image 1: Marye's Heights, looking north. This is the view from above the sunken road, which can be seen in the middle of the picture. The building in the background on the right is the bookstore. The parking lot is behind the Visitor's Center (off the picture on the right).

This picture gives a good feel for the slope of the Heights. The view overlooks the worst part of the fighting to take Marye's Height. The parking lot is about where each of the Federal attacks petered out. You can see that not only were the Confederates behind a wall, but they were uphill. The small depression where the remnants of the Federal assaults lay through most of the day and night is behind the bookstore. The picture was taken in the vicinity of the Washington LA Artillery positions.

Marye House (43K)

Image 2: Marye House. Located near the north end of the hill known as Marye's Heights, the mansion overlooked the north end of the sunken road. The mansion, known as "Brompton", looks much as it did at the time of the battle. It was owned by J. L. Marye (pronounced "Marie"), giving the heights its name.

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.