Death of Fletcher Webster

Death of Fletcher Webster (HM6BO)

Location: Toccoa, VA 20109 Prince William County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 48.617', W 77° 31.96'

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— Second Battle of Manassas - Day Three - August 30, 1862 —

On the morning of the 30th, Col. Fletcher Webster wrote his wife:
"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.
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HM NumberHM6BO
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 9:37pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280091 N 4298771
Decimal Degrees38.81028333, -77.53266667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.617', W 77° 31.96'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 37.02" N, 77° 31' 57.60" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 Unnamed Road, Toccoa VA 20109, US
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