• Sunken Road, Stone Wall and Innis House

    Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania

    National Military Park Virginia

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Virtual Tour Stop, The Gallant Pelham

Pelham Corner

Modern intersection of Route 2/17 and Route 608.

In this vicinity, "the Gallant" John Pelham with one cannon and a few artillerymen held up the Union advance for nearly an hour. The cannon faced in the direction shown here. Modern development sprawls across this part of the battlefield.

 
John Pelham
John Pelham was a 24-year-old Confederate artilleryman at the Battle of Fredericksburg. A native of Alabama, he dropped out of West Point when the war began. General Robert E. Lee observed Pelham's action during the battle and referred to him as the "gallant Pelham". The name stuck as a nickname. He was mortally wounded at Kelly's Ford on March 17, 1863.
 
Pelham Marker
In 1903 Confederate staff officer James Power Smith placed this monument to John Pelham a cannoneer in Jeb Stuart's horse artillery. It is one of ten monuments that Smith erected in the Fredericksburg area.
 
Interpretive Sign for "The Gallant Pelham"
Interpretive Sign for "The Gallant Pelham"
 
Interpretive Sign for the south end of the Battle of Fredericksburg
Interpretive Sign for the south end of the Battle of Fredericksburg
 
Sunken Road/Innis House
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Did You Know?

Site of Chancellorsville

While laying out the Chancellorsville History Trail, the park staff in places had to literally hack their way through a jungle of underbrush that resembled the Wilderness that the soldiers struggled through during the Battle of Chancellorsville.