Death of Fletcher Webster

Death of Fletcher Webster (HM1S6V)

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

N 38° 48.616', W 77° 31.959'

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Colonel Fletcher Webster fell mortally wounded near here, leading his regiment in support of the cannon on Chinn Ridge. The colonel, son of the famous orator and statesman Daniel Webster, commanded the 12th Massachusetts Infantry - a regiment he organized at the outbreak of the war in 1861. The unit was forever called the "Webster Regiment" after his death.

Shot through the right arm and chest, Webster lay helpless as the Union position collapsed and Confederates overran the guns. A member of the 8th Virginia Infantry stopped to offer water to the fallen colonel. Webster asked the enemy soldier to return his wallet to his family. The southern soldier survived the war and honored his request.

"If a fight comes off, it will be today or tomorrow & will be a most dreadful & decisive one. This may be my last letter, dear love, for I shall not spare myself..."
- Colonel Fletcher Webster in a letter to his wife, written on the morning of his death.
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HM NumberHM1S6V
Placed ByManassas National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 13th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280093 N 4298769
Decimal Degrees38.81026667, -77.53265000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.616', W 77° 31.959'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 36.96" N, 77° 31' 57.54" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near Unnamed Road, Manassas VA 20109, US
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