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Near Chancellorsville in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chancellorsville Campaign

 
 
Chancellorsville Campaign Marker image. Click for more information.
By Brian Duckworth
1. Chancellorsville Campaign Marker
A photo of the marker dating to May 2004. Photo curosey of the Civil War Album (www.civilwaralbum.com)
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Inscription. May 3, 1863. At daylight Hooker ordered the withdrawal of Sickles' troops from this height, called Hazel Grove, key position of Hooker's front after Jackson's flanking movement. Promptly occupying it with Archer's Confederate Brigade, Stuart, now in command of Jackson's Corps, ordered a heavy concentration of artillery here. These guns enfiladed the Federal position at Fairview and a division of Slocum's XII Corps entrenched to the southeast. From this point about 10, a.m. Lee watched the converging lines of Confederate gray sweep forward to force the Federals northward beyond the turnpike.
 
Erected by United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 18.21′ N, 77° 39.071′ W. Marker was near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker could be reached from Stuart Drive, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Located at stop nine (Hazel Grove) of the driving tour of Chancellorsville Battlefield. Marker was in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Hazel Grove (a few steps from this marker); A Missed Opportunity
High Ground at Hazel Grove image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
2. High Ground at Hazel Grove
The artillery display at Hazel Grove today represents the Confederate batteries that deployed across the high ground there after the Federals withdrew.
(a few steps from this marker); A Very Hot Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee Renews the Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); The 27th Indiana Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brig. Gen. E. F. Paxton, C.S.A. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fairview (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Chancellorsville.
 
More about this marker. This was an older marker placed at the battlefield in the 1950s, but was replaced recently by a more modern "wayside" type exhibit. These and similar old markers are called "Happel panels" after Ralph Happel, a historian who wrote the text.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Chancellorsville. National Park Service site. (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Tour of Hazel Grove at Chancellorsville. The text for this marker entry was transcribed from photos on this page from Robert Koch's site. The site offers
Lee's View of the Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
3. Lee's View of the Battlefield
From a point close to the the spot the marker stood, looking towards Fairview. When General Lee looked across the ground on May 3, 1863, there were more open fields. The tree lines have been cut back some, but with a mind to preserving some of the viewshed, the park service has left some of the tree lines in place in order to mask noise and visibility of the nearby highway (and housing developments).
some additional photos of the area as it looked when the marker was in place. (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Photo of the Marker. Civil War Album offers a close up view of the marker. (Submitted on December 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 796 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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