Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Slaughter Pen Farm
Where the Battle of Fredericksburg Was Decided
— Civil War Preservation Trust —
It was here, on December 13, 1862, that Union forces nearly broke through Confederate lines and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. More than 5,000 men in blue and gray fell as a result of the fighting on the Slaughter Pen Farm. Five Medals of Honor were awarded for valor on these fields.
Despite its historic significance, in December 2005 this property was placed on the real estate market. Zoned for industrial development, it was advertised as "one of the best industrial sites in the Commonwealth of Virginia." With a $12 million price tag, its loss seemed a foregone conclusion.
However thanks to the generosity of our 65,000 members, the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) was able to step up and purchase this hallowed ground. At the time of the acquisition, it was the most expensive private-sector battlefield preservation effort in American history.
Such an ambitious preservation effort wouldn't have been possible without help. To save this property, CWPT collaborated
Without dedicated individuals and organizations, the Slaughter Pen Farm would have been lost to development. CWPT is grateful to the following for their help:
Commonwealth of Virginia
National Park Service
SunTrust Banks, Inc
Erected 2009 by Civil War Preservation Trust.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 15.86′ N, 77° 26.469′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Tidewater Trail (U.S. 17), on the right when traveling south. Located on the Civil War Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22408, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Fredericksburg (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Fredericksburg (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. half a mile away).
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is a map of the Fredericksburg Battlefield depicting tactical maneuvers in this sector of the field. In the lower right is a photo of Secretary of the Interior Kempthorne and CWPT President Jim Lighthizer at the press conference.
Also see . . . Slaughter Pen Farm. Civil War Preservation Trust - Horror and Heroism at the Slaughter Pen Farm. (Submitted on July 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2009. This page has been viewed 1,855 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on October 27, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.