Elisha Franklin Paxton

Elisha Franklin Paxton (HM24FW)

Location: Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.541', W 77° 39.098'

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The Battle of Chancellorsville

The monument across the road marks where General Elisha Franklin Paxton, commander of the famed Stonewall Brigade, fell on May 3, 1863. Before the war, Frank Paxton had practiced law in "Stonewall" Jackson's hometown of Lexington, Virginia, When, in 1863, Jackson needed a man to command the Stonewall Brigade, he chose Paxton over several more qualified candidates.

Before the battle, Paxton foreshadowed his own death in a letter to his wife.

"The future...is dark enough. Though sound in health and strength, i feel that life to many of us hangs upon a slender thread. Whenever God wills it that mine pass from me, I feel that I can say in calm resignation, 'Into thy hands I commend my spirit.' ...And now, darling, good-bye."

Paxton is buried in Lexington, just a few yards from his neighbor and friend "Stonewall" Jackson
HM NumberHM24FW
Placed ByFredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 10:02am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 268154 N 4243428
Decimal Degrees38.30901667, -77.65163333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.541', W 77° 39.098'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 32.46" N, 77° 39' 5.8799999999999" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Stuart Dr, Spotsylvania Courthouse VA 22553, US
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