The Civil War in College Heights
The Civil War did touch the College Heights Neighborhood. In December 1862, Fredericksburg became the focal point of the Civil War as the Southern Army moved there to stop the Union Army’s march south to Richmond. The Confederate forces occupying the area, of what is now known as College Heights on the west side of Fredericksburg, were Mississippi regiments under Brigadier General Featherson, part of Major General R. H. Anderson’s Division of Lieutenant General Longstreet’s Corps. That area of the heights provided a relatively level terrain for marshalling and movement of forces on the Confederate northern flank. The College Heights area was exposed to far less combat activity compared to the action that occurred at Brompton, a short distance to the south.