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Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Bernard's Cabins
The Battle of Fredericksburg
 
Bernard's Cabins Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
1. Bernard's Cabins Marker
 
Inscription. On this knoll stood Bernard's Cabins, a small community that in 1860 was home to about three dozen slaves. The complex consisted of three two-room cabins, a stone-lined well, and perhaps two additional buildings. This was only one of several such clusters of slave housing scattered across the 1,800-acre "Mannsfield" estate.

The men and women who lived here helped power the most prosperous plantation in the Fredericksburg area. Arthur Bernard's plantation house, "Mannsfield" (1766), stood about a mile east of here (it burned in 1863). During the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg it served as headquarters for three top Union generals - W.B. Franklin, J.F. Reynolds, and W.F. Smith.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 15.588′ N, 77° 27.261′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Lee Drive, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located along the Bernard's Cabins walking trail off Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg-Spotyslvania Military Park. The most convenient access is from Lansdowne Road. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22408, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
 
Two Markers at Bernard's Cabins Site Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
2. Two Markers at Bernard's Cabins Site
On the left is Bernard's Cabin Marker. On the right is the Engines of Destruction Marker.
 
within walking distance of this marker. Engines of Destruction (here, next to this marker); Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. half a mile away); Riverside Plantation: Mannsfield (approx. half a mile away); Bernard's Cabin Trail (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a depiction of "An overseer doing his duty." This 1798 Benjamin Latrobe image shows a scene at a Fredericksburg plantation, possibly Mannsfield. The women are preparing to plant tobacco - then Mannsfield's main cash crop.

In the upper right is A 1770 advertisement seeking the return of a runaway slave from Mannsfield. The advertiser is Mann Page III, the builder of Mannsfield and one of the wealthiest men in Virginia.
 
Also see . . .  Bernard's Cabins Trail. National Park Service page providing a "virtual tour" of the location. (Submitted on May 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Bernard's Cabins Location Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 25, 2008
3. Bernard's Cabins Location
The cabins stood in the vicinity of this lone tree in the middle of the field. The railroad runs through the tree line in the distance.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,377 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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