Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Engines of Destruction
The Battle of Fredericksburg
Before and after this attack, Davidson's men engaged Union cannon in fierce duels. By day's end, the Confederate artillery was battered, Bernard's Cabins were in ruins, and the surrounding landscape was scarred. "The grove of pines in my front," said Davidson, "is no longer entitled to the name of a grove."
"The head of the column went down like wheat before the reaper. Another and another volley in quick succession completed the work...Canister from a Napoleon gun is a terrible engine of destruction."
-Captain Greenlee Davidson.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service.
Location. 38° 15.587′ N, 77° 27.258′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Lee Drive, on the right 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 within walking distance of this marker. Bernard's Cabins (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); 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). Click for a list of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a drawing of artillery crew working their guns, captioned: The nine cannon under Davidson fired obliquely on the charging Union troops. Much of the artillery's fire was directed into the woods to your right-front.
To the upper right is a map illustrating the tactical situation described in the text. A drawing of a canister
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.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,300 times since then and 84 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.