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

Apex of Hooker’s Last Line

 
 
Apex of Hooker's Last Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
1. Apex of Hooker's Last Line Marker
Inscription. Earthworks to your right rear mark the apex of Hooker's last line of defense. The Federals retreated to this position late in the morning of May 3, guarding the roads to Ely's and United States Fords. The defensive minded Union commander sat virtually idle in his stronghold while Lee dispatched reinforcements to outgunned Confederates at Salem Church, seven miles east. Early on the afternoon of May 4, Union general Amiel W. Whipple fell mortally wounded while inspecting earthworks on the skirmish line in a field in front of this spot.
 
Location. 38° 19.059′ N, 77° 38.241′ W. Marker is near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Ely's Ford Road (County Route 610) and Bullock Road, on the right when traveling north on Ely's Ford Road. Click for map. Located across the street from the Bullock House Site, stop two of the driving tour of Chancellorsville Battlefield, just off a park service road. Marker is 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 marker. Union Lifeline (within shouting distance of this marker); Hooker's Final Bastion (within shouting distance of this marker); Lives Transformed
Apex Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
2. Apex Marker
General Whipple was mortally wounded at a point to the front of this marker.
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stone's Reconnaissance (approx. 0.4 miles away); Union Counterattack (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Midnight Conference (approx. half a mile away); Flanking of Hays' Brigade (approx. half a mile away); The Union Army Escapes (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Chancellorsville.
 
More about this marker. A drawing, the same used on nearby "Hooker's Final Bastion" marker, displays the "Second line of Union defense at the junction of the roads to Ely's and United States Fords. From a war-time sketch."
 
Regarding Apex of Hooker’s Last Line. This is one of several markers for the Battle of Chancellorsville at the Bullock House Site, at the apex of Hooker's final line. See the Bullock House Site Virtual Tour by Markers in the links section for a listing of related markers on the tour.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Chancellorsville. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 19, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Federal Defensive Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
3. Federal Defensive Line
Looking to the east from the marker, the Federal line ran along a ridge line here generally parallel to the service road in this section. Behind the marker is a large, rather un-natural rise, which marks a corner bastion of the Federal works.
 

2. Bullock House Site Virtual Tour by Markers. The Bullock House Site portion of the battlefield (stop two on the driving tour of the battlefield) includes markers at the intersection of Bullock and Ely's Ford Roads. The position marked the apex of Hooker's final line. (Submitted on December 8, 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 1,136 times since then and 3 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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