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Fredericksburg II

Battle Name: Fredericksburg II
Other Names: Marye’s Heights
State: Virginia
Location: Fredericksburg
Campaign: Chancellorsville Campaign (April-May 1863)
Dates: May 3, 1863
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick [US]; Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early [CS]
Forces Engaged: Corps
Estimated Casualties: 2,000 total
Description: On May 1, Gen. Robert E. Lee left Maj. Gen. Jubal A. Early’s division to hold Fredericksburg, while marching with the rest of the army to meet Hooker’s main offensive thrust at Chancellorsville. On May 3, the Union VI Corps under Sedgwick, reinforced by John Gibbon’s II Corps division, having crossed the Rappahannock River, assaulted and carried the Confederate entrenchments on Marye’s Heights. The outnumbered Confederates withdrew and regrouped west and southeast of town.
Results: Union victory

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