Near Bellvue in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Slaughter Pen Farm
"We went midst the bursting of shells and whistling of bullets; we could feel the wind caused by them, but the boys went on, loading and firing as they went."
- Pvt. S. Dean Canan, 136th Pennsylvania Infantry, USA
"I have Not time to Give you the particulars of the fight as I wish but will Say that it was the hardest fight that I have ever been in."
- Pvt. William G. Morris, 37th North Carolina Infantry, CSA
Advance the Colors
Three of the five Medals of Honor awarded on this field
SERGEANT PHILIP PETTY, 136th Pennsylvania Infantry, "seized the flag as it fell from the hands of the color bearer in the hottest of the engagement." He then, "planted the flag staff in the ground on the front line and continued firing until" he retired under orders with his flag.
PRIVATE MARTIN SCHUBERT, 26th New York Infantry, ignored a medical furlough and fought in the battle saying, "I though the Government needed me on the battlefield rather than at home." With several color bearers down, he picked up the flag and carried it ahead of the regiment until a bullet entered his side, a bullet that stayed there for years after the Civil War.
PRIVATE JOSEPH KEENE saw the flag of the 26th New York Infantry laying on the ground. Like Martin Schubert, he hoisted the flag and advanced with the regiment. He bore the colors throughout the fight and got them safely off the field.
Erected 2009 by Civil War Preservation
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 38° 15.856′ N, 77° 26.996′ W. Marker is near Bellvue, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Tidewater Trail (U.S. 17), on the right when traveling south. Located on the Civil War Preservation Trust's Slaughter Pen Farm trail. Please obtain permission before entering the property. Call CWPT at (800) 298-7878. 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. A different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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); Engines of Destruction (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bernard's Cabins (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellvue.
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is a map illustrating the unit positions and movements in this phase of the battle. It may look neat and tidy on the map, but advancing Lyle's brigade, under fire, through, around, and with Taylor's brigade caused "considerable confusion" in the lines of both brigades.
In the sidebar is a photo of a Medal of Honor. The first Medals of Honor were awarded to the Civil War's Union "noncommissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soldier-like qualities, during the present insurrection."
Also see . . . The Slaughter Pen Farm(Submitted on July 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2009. This page has been viewed 1,015 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on October 27, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on July 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.