Slaughter Pen Farm

Slaughter Pen Farm (HMDYW)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 15.713', W 77° 26.946'

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Retreat and Counterattack

"For my part the more I think of that battle, the more annoyed I am that such a great chance should have failed me."
- Gen. George G. Meade, USA

"Our cannon flamed and roared, and the roar of musketry was terrific. The foe halts, wavers, and flies. We, double charging our guns, pour the canister among them."
- "Ben," Pee Dee (S.C.) Artillery, CSA

Forced back but not ready to give up, Gen. John Gibbon's soldiers launched three counterattacks, but each was repulsed. Hopelessness set in. "It was with real pain that I gave the order for the brigade to fall back," reported brigade commander Col. Adrian Root. "The officers and men received it with surprise and grief." Audacious Georgians pursued the Union soldiers into this field but ran headlong into late-arriving Union reinforcements under Gen. David Birney. The Georgians were driven back with substantial losses. Other Confederate counterattacks failed as well.

The fighting south of Fredericksburg left more than 5,000 Union and 4,000 Confederate soldiers dead, wounded, or missing. With its failure here, the Union lost its best chance for victory at Fredericksburg. The Union army fell back across the Rappahannock River and camped for more than four months before a new commander, Gen. Joseph Hooker, dared to cross the river again.
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Year Placed2009
Placed ByCivil War Preservation Trust and Virginia Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 8:11pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285727 N 4237709
Decimal Degrees38.26188333, -77.44910000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 15.713', W 77° 26.946'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 15' 42.78" N, 77° 26' 56.76" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 490 Lansdowne Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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