Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Death of Fletcher Webster
—Second Battle of Manassas - Day Three - August 30, 1862 —
"If a fight comes off, it will be to-day or to-morrow & will be a most dreadful & decisive one. This may be my last letter, dear love, for I shall not spare myself..."
About 5 p.m., leading his regiment to support the cannon here on Chinn Ridge, Webster was shot through the right arm and chest. He lay helpless in the confusion of the Union retreat as Confederates overran the guns.
According to Ludwell Hutchinson of the 8th Virginia, he stopped to give water to a mortally wounded enemy officer. The officer - Fletcher Webster - asked Hutchinson to return his wallet to his family. Hutchinson survived the war and sent the wallet to the grieving but appreciative Websters.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 38° 48.617′ N, 77° 31.96′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Chinn Ridge Loop 0.6 miles west of Sudley Road (Virginia Road 234), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at the Chinn Ridge Loop walking trail, in the Manassas National Battlefield Park. The trail starts at stop nine of the driving tour of the battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Death of Fletcher Webster (here, next to this marker); Third Brigade (a few steps from this marker); Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Fletcher Webster (within shouting distance of this marker); Defending the Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Kemper's Brigade (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Brigade (about 700 feet away); Fight at the Fence Line (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manassas.
More about this marker. On the right is a portrait captioned: Col. Fletcher Webster of the 12th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry - son of the famous orator Senator Daniel Webster - is commemorated by the monument in the grove behind the cannon.
This marker was replaced by a new one also named Death of Fletcher Webster (see nearby markers).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,091 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.