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Jackson’s Moon


A person in a ghost costume holding a lantern.
A person marking Fredericksburg’s historic neighborhoods on a map.
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Historical photo of Marye’s house, also known as Brompton

A Stately Mansion Turned Hospital During the Civil War

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Brompton, the former Mayre Mansion, stands atop the western heights that overlook the old city of Fredericksburg. Along these heights, extending into a five-mile front, Confederate force dominated the scene, despite going against a Union force nearly twice its size on December 13, 1862.
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A View of Fredericksburg’s William Street 155 Years Ago

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In May 1864, Fredericksburg was to become, for a third time, the center of operations for an occupying army. The vast majority of the future city’s citizens had fled their homes and businesses as refugees just prior to the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862. In the spring of 1864, most had not yet returned, and the region had already seen another battle rage over it in May 1863, as part of the Chancellorsville Campaign.
Photo of John Henry Myer

A Fredericksburg Family Caught in the Ravages of War

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John Henry Myer came to America to escape the turmoil of mid nineteenth century Germany. He would settle in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1846. He began his professional life as a saddler. Interestingly, in 1852, he changed vocations, becoming a baker and confectioner, a switch that proved highly successful. He operated his business at 212 William Street which backed onto Market Square. The operation had an expanded kitchen attached to the rear of the building, and the Myer family residence were on the upper two floors. By the time of the Civil War he had three young children. Mary Elizabeth, John Jr., and Annie.