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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Gallant Pelham Remembered - December 13, 2013

     On the one hundred and fifty-first anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust dedicated a replica Napoleon 12-pounder at the site of Confederate Major John Pelham's fabled stand against the Federal advance during the early, fog-enshrouded morning of December 13, 1862. Pelham's guns boldly delayed that advance for several hours, buying critical time for the bolstering of the southern defensive position along Prospect Hill.  Click any image for larger viewing. A previous post regarding Pelham's position can be found here.

 The ceremony commenced shortly after 11:00 AM along the preserved acre in front of Family Dollar.
 Dr. Michael P. Stevens, president of the CVBT, commanded the ceremony.
     The gun crew from the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park wheels their piece into position for a commemorative round.

 The proud gun crew from F&SNMP listen to the presentation after their opening salute.
 Park historian Frank O'Reilly provided the background of Pelham's bold actions.
O'Reilly is the author of one of the best volumes on the Fredericksburg Campaign.
 The new, silent sentinel, guards the intersection at 10744 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg, VA. 

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