In Fredericksburg, Virginia, just a bit more than half way down Lee Drive, on the far side of its intersection with Lansdowne Road is the aptly named “Bernard's Cabins Trail.”
The trail starts where the road meets the top of a hill, just south of Shannon Airport and wraps around to connect back with the road. It winds down or up for half a mile before entering a large plowed field overlooking Shannon Airport and CSX Railroad. There are miles of historic interpretation posts leading to Bernard's Cabins.
Bernard's Cabins became an important Confederate artillery position in the Civil War. The center of his line was wooded, so Jackson didn't place any cannons there. Instead, he placed a large number of cannons on either side and angled them toward one another so that they would catch any Union troops who might attack from a distance.
On the left of the woods, alongside a trail to Bernard's Cabins, stood nine guns belonging Captain Greenlee Davidson’s battalion. The cabins and their occupants belonged to Arthur Bernard, owner of Mannsfield Plantation House.
Today, the Bernard's Cabins Trail provides one of the most peaceful and enjoyable nature walks in Fredericksburg Battlefield. Unfortunately, the cabins themselves are not standing anymore.
In the near future, either through traditional building reconstruction or virtual 3D-modeling technology, the Bernard Slave Cabins will be restored again. Until then, I highly recommend that people take a moment during their tour to leave off of Lee Drive and meander down the half a mile to this important site.
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