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

Ely’s Ford

 
 
Ely's Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
1. Ely's Ford Marker
Inscription. On this hill, May 3, 1863, Confederate General "J.E.B." Stuart was notified that General "Stonewall" Jackson had been wounded at Chancellorsville and that he was to take command of Jackson's Corps. Moments before, Stuart had ordered his 1,000 men from North Carolina and Virginia to attack the 3,400 Pennsylvanians under General A.W. Averell at Ely's Ford. After ordering three volleys of musket fire at the Union troops below, Stuart cancelled the attack and left to assume command at Chancellorsville.
 
Erected 1981 by Spotsylvania Historical Association. (Marker Number J 38.)
 
Location. 38° 21.383′ N, 77° 40.698′ W. Marker is near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Ely's Ford Road (County Route 610), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10413 Elys Ford Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pressing the Attack (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Flying Dutchmen (approx. 2.8 miles away); Jackson Attacks (approx. 2.8 miles away); Tyler’s Withdrawal To This Line
Ely's Ford Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
2. Ely's Ford Road
(approx. 2.9 miles away); Colquitt Turns Tyler’s Flank (approx. 2.9 miles away); Colquitt’s Attack (approx. 2.9 miles away); Chancellorsville (approx. 2.9 miles away); Jackson’s Amputation (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chancellorsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Gen. Stuart's Report on the Chancellorsville Campaign. Stuart wrote that a staff officer "informed me of the sad calamities which for the time deprived the troops of the leadership of both Jackson and Hill, and the urgent demand for me to come and take command as quickly as possible...." (Submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Ely's Ford Maps. The site has been targeted for preservation efforts. (Submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. United States Ford. In addition to the crossing point here, Federal forces used a ford downstream also. United States Ford became the escape route for the Army of the Potomac in the closing stages of the Chancellorsville Campaign. (Submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. Ely's Ford. National
Ely's Ford Crossing Point image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
3. Ely's Ford Crossing Point
The historical ford crossed just downstream from the present day bridge. A public boat ramp affords access to the river at this point.
Parks Service page on Ely's Ford. (Submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Ely's Ford in the War
Ely's Ford featured prominently in several Federal movements in the Civil War. In August 1862, major elements of the Federal army passed through in what would lead to the Second Battle of Manassas. As mentioned on the marker, both sides maneuvered through the ford during the Chancellorsville Campaign, in April-May 1863. Later in the fall of that year, the elements Federal Army of the Potomac crossed here in the Mine Run Campaign. Finally portions of the same army crossed here to start the Overland Campaign, marching down the road to the battle of the Wilderness in May 1864.
    — Submitted November 11, 2007, 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 1,555 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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