Near Waverly Village in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Churchyard to Battleground
That suddenly changed on the afternoon of May 3. The Federals broke through at Fredericksburg and headed west on the Orange Turnpike (modern Route 3). Lee moved quickly eastward with 8,000 men to stop them. The collision came on this ridge – the first substantial high ground west of Fredericksburg. Confederates held a mile-long line centered on the church and after a brief but furious battle, repulsed the Federals.
(Map caption): To fight at Salem Church, Lee divided his army at Chancellorsville (43,000 men) in the face of hooker’s main force – more than 80,000 men. The gamble worked. Lee defeated the Federals here at Salem Church, then returned to Chancellorsville to confront Hooker’s main force again. Hooker retreated on May 6.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service.
Location. 38° 17.299′ N, 77° 31.853′ W. Marker is near Waverly Village, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Old Salem Church Road near Plank Road (Virginia Route 3). Click for map. This marker is colocated with two other markers near the parking lot for the Old Salem Church Battlefield Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4044 Plank Road, Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sanctuaries in Spotsylvania (here, next to this marker); For All Anguish – For Some Freedom (here, next to this marker); Salem Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Salem Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Refuge from Horror (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Salem Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Church to Hospital (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Battle of Salem Church (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Waverly Village.
Regarding Churchyard to Battleground.
Also see . . .
1. Salem Church Virtual Tour by Markers. The Salem Church site, surrounded by modern development, was an important site in the later stages of the Battle and Campaign of Chancellorsville. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Salem Church Walking Tour. National Park Service Trail Guide. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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