War Period Pen and Ink Map of the Battlefield of Fredericksburg, Va., December 13, 1862
Rare Original War Period Pen and Ink Map of the Battlefield of Fredericksburg, Va., December 13, 1862 – Not only is this an extremely rare battlefield drawn map of the decisive Battle of Fredericksburg, but additionally the map has two extremely poignant notations – one showing the site where “George was killed” and the other the site where “George was buried.” The name referenced in both instances is that of Corporal George Leib Reighter of the 11th Pa. Volunteer Infantry. Reighter was indeed killed in action on December 13, 1862, just beyond the infamous Sunken Road, at the base of Marye’s Heights. This well-executed map was found in the Reighter family Bible about one year ago. The c. 1845 Bible accompanies this map and mentions Corporal Reighter’s death in the family notations found between the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Also accompanying the Bible and map, is a small newspaper clipping indicating that George Reighter was running for town alderman in his Pa. town in 1856.
The 11th Pa. would become famed for its significant participation in many of the Civil War’s most hard fought battles, as well as achieving additional fame as having the canine mascot named Sallie. Sallie accompanied the 11th Pa. in all of its engagements, and she is included on the monument to the 11th Pa. at Gettysburg. Sallie would later be killed in action at Hatcher’s Run in 1865.
The Reighter map has been mounted, archivally, in a great period frame. Today, Corporal George L. Reighter’s remains rest in the National Cemetery on Marye’s Heights in Fredericksburg. The frame measures: 10.25” x 8.5”; the map measures: 7.5” x 4.5”