Near Bellvue in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Slaughter Pen Farm
The Walking Trail
Welcome to the Civil War Preservation Trust's Slaughter Pen Farm Battlefield. Here starts a 1¾ mile walking tour. Wayside exhibits provide information and orientation along the way. Allow at least 90 minutes if you plan to walk the entire trail.
Please stay on the marked trails throughout your visit, keep your pets on leashes and watch for ticks and other wildlife. There are no restrooms or drinking facilities along the trail. We hope you have a meaningful and enjoyable visit here at the Slaughter Pen Farm. For more information about this and other sites saved by CWPT, please visit www.civilwar.org.
"Beyond the road was a plowed field, now trampled into mud, the winter stubble crushed into it by hoofs of straining horses and heavy wheels of cannon and the slogging feet of hundreds of men."
- Lt. Abner Small, 16th Maine Infantry, USA
"We were posted on a chain of hills.... I could see fully half the whole Yankee army, reserves and all. It was a grand sight seeing them come in position this morning."
- "Ben," Pee Dee (South Carolina) Artillery, CSA
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° 15.825′ N, 77° 26.494′ 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. Battle of Fredericksburg (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Fredericksburg (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Slaughter Pen Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (about 600 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. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen FarmSlaughter Pen Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellvue.
More about this marker. On the left is a map of the trail. This 1¾ mile trail focuses primarily on the attack of Union Gen. John Gobbon's division. On the right are photos of the battlefield as it appears today.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A Tour of the CWPT's Slaughter Pen Battlefield by markers.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,462 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 26, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.