|TODAY: The town house painted blue at 136 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg, Va., is for sale.|
|MAY 1864: 136-138 Caroline Street duplex shows damage from December 1862 fighting.|
(James Gardner/Library of Congress collection)
|Cropped enlargement of May 1864 image shows broken steps and windows at 136 Caroline Street.|
|A cropped enlargement of the 138 Caroline Street duplex shows damage to the siding and |
brickwork, presumably caused during December 1862 fighting.
"Very soon the streets were filled with a motley crowd of men,” wrote Lieutenant Josiah Favill of the 57th New York, “some of them dressed in women's clothes, others with tall silk hats, curiously conspicuous where nothing but caps are worn; many brought out sofas, chairs, etc., which were planted in the middle of the street, and the men proceeded to take their ease. Some carried pictures; one man had a fine stuffed alligator, and most of them had something.” The 136-38 Caroline Street residences were probably ransacked too. (The Union army, by the way, suffered a disastrous defeat at Fredericksburg the next day.)
|The Sentry Box on Caroline Street also suffered damage during the Civil War.|
|Views of Rocky Lane, the route many Union troops took into Fredericksburg after|
crossing the Rappahannock River on a pontoon bridge in December 1862.
... and here's where the Yankees crossed the Rappahannock on their way to wrecking the neighborhood. Click on the image to see their route up Rocky Lane.
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|A sun room, dual zoned heating and air conditioning...and Civil War graffiti. |
What more could you want?
UPDATE: As of May 17, 2014, the house remains for sale. Asking price: $597,000