Near Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Fredericksburg
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 Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service.
Location. 38° 15.588′ N, 77° 27.261′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Lee Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located along the Bernard's Cabins walking trail off Lee Drive in the Fredericksburg-Spotyslvania Military Park. The most convenient access is from Lansdowne Road. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22408, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 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 Fredericksburg.
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.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,868 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 27, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.