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PELHAM PLAQUE






   


THE GALLANT PELHAM


Here Major John Pelham, commanding Stuart's
Horse Artillery, executed a stunning flank attack
on advancing Union troops during the Battle of
Fredericksburg on 13 December 1862. Reduced
to one cannon, the 24-year-old Pelham halted
the Federals for almost two hours by employing
the flying artillery tactics that he had perfected.
Observing from a nearby hilltop, Lee exclaimed,
"It is glorious to see such courage in one so
young!" Lee's battle report commended "the gallant
Pelham." The Alabamian was fatally wounded
three months later at Kelly's Ford on the upper
Rappahannock River.


   



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