Near Bellvue in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Fredericksburg
— Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park —
On this knoll stood Bernard's Cabins, a small community that in 1860 was home to about three dozen slaves. The complex consisted of three two-room cabins, a stone-lined well, and perhaps two additional buildings. This was only one of several such clusters of slave housing scattered across the 1,800-acre "Mannsfield" estate.
The men and women who lived here helped power the most prosperous plantation in the Fredericksburg area. Arthur Bernard's plantation house, "Mannsfield" (1766), stood about a mile east of here (it burned in 1863). During the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg it served as headquarters for three top Union generals - W.B. Franklin, J.F. Reynolds, and W.F. Smith.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
Location. 38° 15.588′ N, 77° 27.261′ W. Marker is near Bellvue, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Lee Drive, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located along Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3520 Shannon Park 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. Engines of Destruction (here, next to this marker); 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. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. half a mile away); Riverside Plantation: Mannsfield (approx. half a mile away); Bernard's Cabin Trail (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Slaughter Pen Farm (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellvue.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a depiction of "An overseer doing his duty." This 1798 Benjamin Latrobe image shows a scene at a Fredericksburg plantation, possibly Mannsfield. The women are preparing to plant tobacco - then Mannsfield's main cash crop.
In the upper right is A 1770 advertisement seeking the return of a runaway slave from Mannsfield. The advertiser is Mann Page III, the builder of Mannsfield and one of the wealthiest men in Virginia.
Also see . . . Bernard's Cabins Trail. National Park Service page providing a "virtual tour" of the location. (Submitted on May 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,984 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.