Historical photo of Marye’s house, also known as Brompton

A Stately Mansion Turned Hospital During the Civil War

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.

Pic of William Street Fredericksburg, VA

A View of Fredericksburg’s William Street 155 Years Ago

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.