Slaughter Pen Farm

Slaughter Pen Farm (HMDYU)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22408
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 15.764', W 77° 26.737'

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Killing Range

Before the battle, Confederate artillerists used a lone tree on this ridge as a mark to establish a "killing range," to punish any Federals who attacked. As Gen. George G. Meade's men surged past the unassuming tree, the Confederates trapped Union troops in a deadly crossfire.

Gen. John Gibbon's division remained in the field behind you as Meade attacked. The 60-degree day thawed the ground and men wallowed in a sea of mud. Gibbon sent forward skirmishers, who exchanged fire with their Confederate counterparts. One of Gibbon's men found the wherewithal to write in his diary at this moment: "The different noises of shot & shell & bullet are very peculiar. Boys talking, & even joking together while the shells flew thickest. The crash & war of explosions in the woods is tremendous. Skirmishing becoming sharper, bullets flying thicker, - hot work ahead. Must put away my book - in danger of being hit."

"Shells burst and flung down splatters of pain; here a man clapped a hand to his bleeding face and cursed, and there another squirmed deeper into the mud and cried, unnerved."
-Lt. Abner R. Small, 16th Maine Infantry, USA

"Cannonading and skirmishing was still kept up, getting nearer and more vigourous and occasionally they would salute us with a bomb and sometimes with dangerous consequences."
- Pvt. M. Hill Fitzpatrick, 45th Georgia Infantry, CSA
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Year Placed2009
Placed ByCivil War Preservation Trust and Virginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 10:44am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286034 N 4237795
Decimal Degrees38.26273333, -77.44561667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 15.764', W 77° 26.737'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 15' 45.84" N, 77° 26' 44.22" W
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Area Code(s)540, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11232 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg VA 22408, US
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