Franklin’s Crossing at Fredericksburg

Earlier this year I had a rare opportunity to visit the site of Franklin’s Crossing (also known at the Lower Crossing) at Fredericksburg. The site sits on land owned by Spotsylvania County and isn’t currently accessible to the public. These are looking east from the Fredericksburg side:

Franklin's Crossing July 2020

Franklin’s Crossing July 2020

Franklin's Crossing July 2020 upriver

Franklin’s Crossing July 2020 upriver

About Terry Rensel

Terry is currently the Executive Director of the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust (CVBT), located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Prior to joining CVBT he spent 12 years living and working in Alaska.
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9 Responses to Franklin’s Crossing at Fredericksburg

  1. grego says:

    great pics! hope the public will have access someday!

  2. Mike Movius says:

    Since Fredericksburg was an ocean port in the 1860s, was this crossing by raft or ferry rather than on foot?

  3. 65th NY Guy says:

    Thanks for sharing.

    –Chris Barry

  4. The last 6-acres of undeveloped land at Franklin’s Crossing is currently for sale if the CVBT is interested. Though it doesn’t have water access…it’s the location of three campaigns; Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville (Second Fredericksburg), & the battle of Franklin’s Crossing (the opening curtain to the Gettysburg Campaign).

  5. Dean means on says:

    Do you have or know of photos or artifacts ,documents from this battle? I have some paper work including a photo and watercolor painting of a soildger.that died there presumed to be a family member.Jessie William union 2nd lt

    • Terry Rensel says:

      The NPS folks at Fredericksburg Spotsylvania National National Military Park would have lots of stuff. Do you know what unit he was in?

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