Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Slaughter Pen Farm
"We went midst the bursting of shells and whistling of bullets; we could feel the wind caused by them, but the boys went on, loading and firing as they went."
- Pvt. S. Dean Canan, 136th Pennsylvania Infantry, USA
"I have Not time to Give you the particulars of the fight as I wish but will Say that it was the hardest fight that I have ever been in."
- Pvt. William G. Morris, 37th North Carolina Infantry, CSA
Advance the Colors
Three of the five Medals of Honor awarded on this field were given to men in Col. Peter Lyle's brigade, who risked life and limb to keep the flags raised and the chances for successful charge alive. It took two hands to carry a flag, so the bearer could
SERGEANT PHILIP PETTY, 136th Pennsylvania Infantry, "seized the flag as it fell from the hands of the color bearer in the hottest of the engagement." He then, "planted the flag staff in the ground on the front line and continued firing until" he retired under orders with his flag.
PRIVATE MARTIN SCHUBERT, 26th New York Infantry, ignored a medical furlough and fought in the battle saying, "I though the Government needed me on the battlefield rather than at home." With several color bearers down, he picked up the flag and carried it ahead of the regiment until a bullet entered his side, a bullet that stayed there for years after the Civil War.
PRIVATE JOSEPH KEENE saw the flag of the 26th New York Infantry laying on the ground. Like Martin Schubert, he hoisted the flag and advanced with the regiment. He bore the colors throughout the fight and got them safely off the field.
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. 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. A different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. ¼ mile away); Engines of Destruction (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bernard's Cabins (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is a map illustrating the unit positions and movements in this phase of the battle. It may look neat and tidy on the map, but advancing Lyle's brigade, under fire,
In the sidebar is a photo of a Medal of Honor. The first Medals of Honor were awarded to the Civil War's Union "noncommissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities, during the present insurrection."
Also see . . . The Slaughter Pen Farm. Civil War Preservation Trust virtual tour of the Slaughter Pen Farm. (Submitted on July 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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