Fall Line

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In Podcast #22 the Trekkers take you to Fredericksburg along the Fall Line of the Rappahannock River.  Four major Civil War battles were fought in and around this important city. We’ll take you to two of the battlefields, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.  Find out how a stone wall helped the Confederates win the Battle of Fredericksburg; explore two historic homesteads which were used as field hospitals; see where General Stonewall Jackson was shot during the Battle of Chancellorsville, and take a look at the tombstone marking where his arm is buried;  Come on, let's go trekkin'

Sideburns, the hair that grows on the sides of a man’s face, were named after the Union general who fought in the Battle of Fredericksburg.  His name was General Ambrose Burnside.  At first the word to describe this hair style was burnsides, but later it was changed to sideburns.  Can you tell from the picture why sideburns were named after him?

SOL Correlation:

VS.2 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the geography and early inhabitants of Virginia by

  1. c)locating and identifying water features important to the early history of Virginia (Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, James River, York River, Potomac River, and Rappanhannock River);

VS.7 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the issues that divided our nation and led to the Civil War by

b) describing Virginia’s role in the war, including identifying major battles that took place in Virginia.