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Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Gallant Pelham

The Battle of Fredericksburg

 
 
The Gallant Pelham Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 23, 2009
1. The Gallant Pelham Marker
Inscription. Young, handsome, and modest, Major John Pelham was one of the most popular men in the Confederate army. He was also one of its premier artillerists. Time and again the twenty-four-year-old officer had engaged the enemy at close quarters, earning the praise of his superiors and the respect of his peers.

Pelham gained his greatest fame at Fredericksburg. On December 13, 1862, he single-handedly took on the Union army, delaying its advance by almost an hour. Although finally forced back to the main line, Pelham continued to battle the Federals, pouring shot and shell into their advancing ranks from his postion astride the modern Benchmark Road, one half mile to your front.

The brave, young Alabamian died three months later, during the Battle of Kelly’s Ford, leaving a legacy of military prowess and unsurpassed valor.
 
Location. 38° 14.478′ N, 77° 25.277′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Jim Morris Road and Schumann Street, on the right when traveling south on Jim Morris Road. Click for map. This marker is located at the entrance to the Pelham's Crossing subdivision. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22408, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Pelham's Crossing Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 23, 2009
2. Pelham's Crossing Markers
walking distance of this marker. Confederate Earthworks (here, next to this marker); The Winter Line (a few steps from this marker); Colonial Post Office (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fredericksburg Campaign (approx. ¾ mile away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named The Gallant Pelham (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named The Gallant Pelham (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Battle of Fredericksburg (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stuart and Pelham (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. On the left of the panel is an image with the caption, “John Pelham directs the fire of a gun in this painting by artist Don Troiani.” On the right is a photo of Pelham with the caption, "An acquaintance wrote that Pelham enjoyed combat as much as “a boy playing ball.” At Fredericksburg, as at other battles, he distinguished himself by his reckless daring. Watching the twenty-four-year-old officer in action, General Lee remarked; “It is glorious to see such courage in one so young!”"
 
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summary. Fredericksburg I. (Submitted on May 24, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Pelham's Crossing subdivision Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, May 23, 2009
3. Pelham's Crossing subdivision
Battle of Fredericksburg. (Submitted on May 24, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. The John Pelham Historical Association. Lt. Colonel John Pelham. (Submitted on May 24, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,547 times since then and 107 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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