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

Chancellorsville Campaign

 
 
Chancellorsville Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 1993
1. Chancellorsville Campaign Marker
Bivouac Site marker in background ( see nearby markers )
Inscription. May 1, 1863, Union troops advancing toward Fredericksburg along this road, the Orange Plank, met the Confederates about a mile to your left and retreated to this point. Hooker, not waiting to be attacked, ordered these troops back to Chancellorsville. The Confederates then moved up. That night Lee and Jackson camped here in a pine grove. Scouts reported that Hooker's 7 - mile line about Chancellorsville was impregnable from east and south, but that his western flank was "in the air". The Confederate chieftains, seated beside a small fire on cracker boxes abandoned by the Federals, decided to divide their forces and strike Hooker's exposed right flank.
 
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 This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby.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° 17.695′ N, 77° 37.519′ W. Marker was near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker was on McLaws Drive near Old Plank Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located at tour stop five of the Driving tour of the Battle of Chancellorsville. 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
Chancellorsville Campaign Map image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
2. Chancellorsville Campaign Map
A relief map also stood next to this marker. It too was replaced by "wayside" interpretive markers. The legs of this marker and one other "Happel" are seen behind the close up photo of the main marker above.
of this location. Bivouac (here, next to this marker); Final Meeting, Fateful March (a few steps from this marker); A Bold Plan (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); McLaws Trail (approx. half a mile away); Wounding of Jackson (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jackson on the Move (approx. 0.8 miles 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 . . .  Battle of Chancellorsville. National Park Service site. (Submitted on January 10, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Chancellorsville Campaign Artists concept , Last meeting image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 1993
3. Chancellorsville Campaign Artists concept , Last meeting
The Confederate chieftains, seated beside a small fire on cracker boxes abandoned by the Federals. As with the marker, this interpretive display was replaced by the park service.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 732 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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