“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Dead Horse Hill

The Battle of Fredericksburg

Dead Horse Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2009
1. Dead Horse Hill Marker
Inscription. The crescent-shaped earthworks in front of you protected the 14 guns of Lieutenant Colonel Reuben Lindsey Walker's artillery battalion, which held this position on December 13, 1862. Prior to the assault of Union infantry, artillery blanketed this hilltop with a savage fire. So many artillery horses perished in the bombardment that local residents nicknamed this ridge "Dead Horse Hill."

During the bombardment, battery commander Captain Willie Pegram struggled to keep his men to their work. Several abandoned their guns and fled to the woods behind you. To inspire them, Pegram wrapped himself in a Confederate flag and walked calmly among the deserted cannon. "It was a time to test a man's courage," wrote one solider "...Pegram's men soon returned."

"The trees around our guns were literally torn to pieces and the ground plowed up. I have been several times covered with dirt, and had it knocked in my eyes and mouth."
A Confederate artilleryman

Your feet can do damage. Please help preserve the earthworks by not walking on them.
Erected 2009 by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Location. 38° 14.894′ N, 77° 26.131′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania
New Waysides on Prospect Hill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2009
2. New Waysides on Prospect Hill
County. Marker is on Lee Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at the end of Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg National Military Park. 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. Jackson Holds Prospect Hill (here, next to this marker); Jackson (here, next to this marker); Hamilton's Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); A Southern Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Meade Pyramid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Breakthrough (approx. half a mile away); Death of Maxcy Gregg (approx. half a mile away); The Gallant Pelham (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Categories. War, US Civil
Artillery on Prospect Hill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 25, 2009
3. Artillery on Prospect Hill
Two of several artillery pieces representing those of Walker's Battalion on Prospect Hill. Several lunettes are extant along the line, hence the warning on the marker to avoid damaging the historic works.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,789 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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