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

Lee's Greatest Triumph

 
 
Lee's Greatest Triumph Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
1. Lee's Greatest Triumph Marker
Inscription. As Union resistance around the Chancellor house dissolved, Robert E. Lee rode into the clearing behind his victorious battalions. Though badly outnumbered, Lee in three days had stopped the initial Union advance, brazenly split his own army to launch the most successful flank attack of the war, and, on May 3, driven the Federals from their entrenched positions around Chancellorsville. The battle was perhaps the greatest of his career.

Thousands of Confederate troops raised their hats and cheered when they saw Lee arrive near the Chancellor house. Wrote one staff officer:

...it must have been from such a scene that men in ancient days rose to the dignity of gods.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location. 38° 18.546′ N, 77° 38.089′ W. Marker is in Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Plank Road / Germania Highway (State Highway 3) near Elys Ford Road (County Route 610), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located at stop three of the driving tour of Chancellorsville Battlefield, the Chancellorsville Inn. 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
Markers Adjacent to the Artillery Displays image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
2. Markers Adjacent to the Artillery Displays
In the background is a portion of the clearing mentioned on the marker. It is not recorded where Lee initially stepped into the clearing.
distance of this marker. Climactic Struggle (here, next to this marker); Civilians in the Crossfire (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chancellor Slaves (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chancellorsville Intersection (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville Home of Mrs. Sanford Chancellor (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Chancellorsville (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Chancellorsville (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Chancellorsville.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker shows a depiction of Lee receiving the cheers of his army.
 
Regarding Lee's Greatest Triumph. This is one of several markers for the Battle of Chancellorsville at the Chancellorsville Intersection, scene of considerable fighting in the battle. See the Chancellorsville Intersection Virtual Tour by Markers in the links section for a listing of related markers on the tour.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Chancellorsville. National Parks Service site. (Submitted on November 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Cannon at Chancellorsville Inn image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
3. Cannon at Chancellorsville Inn
The Parrott 3in Model 1864 Rifled Gun (front) and the 3in Ordnance Model 1861 Rifled Gun (rear) are examples of the most widely used rifled artillery pieces of the Civil War. The Parrott was named after its inventor, Robert Parker Parrott. Made of cast iron, cracking and bursting from metal fatigue was a concern. To reduce the risk, Parrott developed a technique to add a reinforcing band to the breech of the gun. As such the Parrott is among the easiest cannon of the period to identify.

In comparison, the Ordnance rifle used a wrought iron construction which alleviated the need for the reinforcing band. The distinctive "bottle" profile also offered smooth lines and few sharp angle stress points.
 

2. Chancellorsville Intersection Virtual Tour by Markers. The Chancellorsville Intersection portion of the battlefield (stop three on the driving tour of the battlefield) includes markers at the intersection of the historic Plank and Ely's Ford Roads. Considerable fighting occurred here on May 3, 1863. (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 1,384 times since then and 22 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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