Near Bellvue in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Dead Horse Hill
The Battle of Fredericksburg
— Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park —
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 National Park Service, U.S. Department
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1937.
Location. 38° 14.894′ N, 77° 26.131′ W. Marker is near Bellvue, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Lee Drive, on the left when traveling east. Marker is at the end of Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg National Military Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 Lee Dr, 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. Fredericksburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Jackson Holds Prospect Hill (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fredericksburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Jackson (here, next to this marker); Hamilton's Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 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).
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,978 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 24, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.