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

Slaughter Pen Farm

The Walking Trail

 
 
The Walking Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2009
1. The Walking Trail Marker
Inscription. Welcome to the Civil War Preservation Trust's Slaughter Pen Farm Battlefield. Here starts a 1 mile walking tour. Wayside exhibits provide information and orientation along the way. Allow at least 90 minutes if you plan to walk the entire trail.

Please stay on the marked trails throughout your visit, keep your pets on leashes and watch for ticks and other wildlife. There are no restrooms or drinking facilities along the trail. We hope you have a meaningful and enjoyable visit here at the Slaughter Pen Farm. For more information about this and other sites saved by CWPT, please visit www.civilwar.org.

"Beyond the road was a plowed field, now trampled into mud, the winter stubble crushed into it by hoofs of straining horses and heavy wheels of cannon and the slogging feet of hundreds of men."
- Lt. Abner Small, 16th Maine Infantry, USA

"We were posted on a chain of hills.... I could see fully half the whole Yankee army, reserves and all. It was a grand sight seeing them come in position this morning."
- "Ben," Pee Dee (South Carolina) Artillery, CSA
 
Erected 2009 by Civil War Preservation Trust and Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location.
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2. Civil War Preservation Trust
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38° 15.825′ N, 77° 26.494′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Tidewater Trail (U.S. 17), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located on the Civil War Preservation Trust's Slaughter Pen Farm trail. Please obtain permission before entering the property. Call CWPT at (800) 298-7878. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22408, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Fredericksburg (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Fredericksburg (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Slaughter Pen Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonial Fort (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a map of the trail. This 1 mile trail focuses primarily on the attack of Union Gen. John Gobbon's division. On the
Close Up of the Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2009
3. Close Up of the Trail Map
The north seeking arrow points to the lower right of the map. Locations of other markers is indicated on the map.
right are photos of the battlefield as it appears today.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A Tour of the CWPT's Slaughter Pen Battlefield by markers.
 
Also see . . .  Slaughter Pen Farm. Civil War Preservation Trust virtual tour of the Slaughter Pen Farm. (Submitted on July 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Trailhead image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2009
4. Trailhead
The trail begins beside one of the outbuildings of the farm. The farm buildings are of post-Civil War construction, and were not here at the time of the battle.
Slaughter Pen Farm Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2009
5. Slaughter Pen Farm Today
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,159 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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