Pelham's Corner - Fredericksburg VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 15.164 W 077° 25.572
18S E 287704 N 4236640
Quick Description: Although greatly outnumbered, the Gallant Pelham delayed thousands of Union soldiers from attacking the Jackson Corps at the Battle of Fredericksburg.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 6/11/2012 7:23:48 PM
Waymark Code: WMEM13
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
Views: 1

Long Description:
During the Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia, on the morning of December 13, 1862, Union Gen. George Meade and his men crossed the Rappahannock River and advanced on Gen. Stonewall Jackson's Confederate forces at Prospect Hill. Young Confederate Maj. John Pelham of Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's horse artillery took two cannon and moved out to meet the Union infantry. He fired upon the thousands of advancing soldiers and immediately drew return fire from more than two dozen enemy cannon. Although vastly outnumbered, Pelham continued the fight. He withdrew only when ammo ran low and under orders from Stuart, but he succeeded in delaying Gen. Meade's assault for more than an hour.

A granite monument and two interpretive markers stand at the intersection of modern-day Tidewater Trail (Rt. 2) and Benchmark Rd. (Co. Rd. 608) where Pelham made his stand. The monument is inscribed:

STUART AND PELHAM
BATTLE OF
FREDERICKSBURG.
DEC. 13, 1962
_______

This corner of historic land was saved from development when the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust worked out a deal with Silver Cos., a major land developer who owned the property. In 2007, Silver Cos. transferred the title to one acre of land to the CVBT. Even though the surrounding area has continued to grow and be developed, Pelham's Corner remains preserved as an important historic part of the Battle of Fredericksburg.

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