Fredericksburg (Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park)

Sunken Road

Sunken Road wall, south end (41K)

Image 1: Sunken road, south end. This photograph looks south along the sunken road, at the base of Marye's Heights just west of the Visitor's Center. This is a reconstruction of the original wall. The original wall was higher and had dirt and turf built up along its eastern side, thus it was difficult to tell that a wall even existed here. Note that neither the modern paved road nor the crushed gravel walkway are sunken. The original road, therefore, was better protected. It was along this area that 6 successive Union assaults were broken.

Sunken Road wall, north end(30K)

Image 2: The wall of the sunken road, looking south, at the north end of the wall. The actual wall extended further north than this, and today there is still a small portion of the original wall beyond this point. This section of the wall is at the base of Marye's Heights near Marye House.

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.