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

Death of Fletcher Webster

 

—Second Battle of Manassas - Day Three - August 30, 1862 —

 
Death of Fletcher Webster Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 19, 2008
1. Death of Fletcher Webster Marker
Inscription. On the morning of the 30th, Col. Fletcher Webster wrote his wife:
"If a fight comes off, it will be to-day or to-morrow & will be a most dreadful & decisive one. This may be my last letter, dear love, for I shall not spare myself..."

About 5 p.m., leading his regiment to support the cannon here on Chinn Ridge, Webster was shot through the right arm and chest. He lay helpless in the confusion of the Union retreat as Confederates overran the guns.

According to Ludwell Hutchinson of the 8th Virginia, he stopped to give water to a mortally wounded enemy officer. The officer - Fletcher Webster - asked Hutchinson to return his wallet to his family. Hutchinson survived the war and sent the wallet to the grieving but appreciative Websters.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 48.617′ N, 77° 31.96′ W. Marker was in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker could be reached from Chinn Ridge Loop 0.6 miles west of Sudley Road (Virginia Road 234), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located at the Chinn Ridge Loop walking trail, in the Manassas National Battlefield Park. The trail starts at stop nine of the driving tour of the battlefield. Marker was in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Death of Fletcher Webster Trail Stop image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 19, 2008
2. Death of Fletcher Webster Trail Stop
With the Webster Memorial in the background in the grove.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Death of Fletcher Webster (here, next to 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). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a portrait captioned: Col. Fletcher Webster of the 12th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry - son of the famous orator Senator Daniel Webster - is commemorated by the monument in the grove behind the cannon.

This marker was replaced by a new one also named Death of Fletcher Webster (see nearby markers).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Line of the 12th Massachusetts Advance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 19, 2008
3. Line of the 12th Massachusetts Advance
The 12th advanced along the crest of Chinn Ridge, forming the far right of Stiles Brigade. This view is looking southwest along the trail (paved path), in the direction the regiment faced. In front of them were the intermingled units of McLean's and Tower's Brigades, and the guns of the 5th Maine Battery.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,056 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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