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Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Death of Fletcher Webster

 
 
Death of Fletcher Webster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, April 30, 2016
1. Death of Fletcher Webster Marker
Inscription. Colonel Fletcher Webster fell mortally wounded near here, leading his regiment in support of the cannon on Chinn Ridge. The colonel, son of the famous orator and statesman Daniel Webster, commanded the 12th Massachusetts Infantry - a regiment he organized at the outbreak of the war in 1861. The unit was forever called the "Webster Regiment" after his death.

Shot through the right arm and chest, Webster lay helpless as the Union position collapsed and Confederates overran the guns. A member of the 8th Virginia Infantry stopped to offer water to the fallen colonel. Webster asked the enemy soldier to return his wallet to his family. The southern soldier survived the war and honored his request.

"If a fight comes off, it will be today or tomorrow & will be a most dreadful & decisive one. This may be my last letter, dear love, for I shall not spare myself..."
- Colonel Fletcher Webster in a letter to his wife, written on the morning of his death.
 
Erected by Manassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 48.616′ N, 77° 31.959′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Sudley
Close-up of Newspaper Image on "Death of Fletcher Webster" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, April 30, 2016
2. Close-up of Newspaper Image on "Death of Fletcher Webster" Marker
Road (Virginia Route 234) half a mile south of Lee Highway (U.S. 29), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located near the Fletcher Webster and Texas Monuments along the Chinn Ridge Trail(Driving Tour Stop 10) 0.3 miles north of the parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6511 Sudley Rd, Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Third Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Fletcher Webster (within shouting distance of this marker); Defending the Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Kemper's Brigade (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Brigade (about 700 feet away); Fight at the Fence Line (approx. 0.2 miles away); 73rd Ohio Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an old marker at this location titled, "Death of Fletcher Webster"
 
Also see . . .
1. Manassas National Battlefield Park. National Park Servie (Submitted on May 13, 2016.) 

2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “Death of Fletcher Webster” (Submitted on May 13, 2016.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Monument to Colonel Fletcher Webster image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, April 30, 2016
3. Monument to Colonel Fletcher Webster
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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