Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Flying Dutchmen
The Battle of Chancellorsville
Union pickets had warned Howard of the enemy's approach, but he had ignored their reports. Headquarters had assured him that the Confederate army was in retreat. Now, as the Southerners bore down upon Howard's flank, the men of the corps broke ranks and fled. Although the general and his officers eventually restored order, they could not restore the corps' reputation. From then on, the Eleventh Corps would be known derisively as "the Flying Dutchmen."
"Why did we run? Well, those who didn't are there yet!"
-Private William B. Southerton, 79th Ohio Volunteers
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 19.019′ N, 77° 41.134′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Plank Road / Germanna Highway (State Highway Click for map. Located at driving tour stop eight of the Battle of Chancellorsville. The site is west of the visitors center. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pressing the Attack (here, next to this marker); Jackson Attacks (here, next to this marker); 154th New York State Volunteer Infantry (approx. 1.1 miles away); Here Fell General Alexander Hays (approx. 1.6 miles away); No Turning Back (approx. 1.7 miles away); On to Richmond! (approx. 1.7 miles away); 12th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers 1862 - 1865 (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Climax (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. On the lower left, "Clutching a Union banner under the stump of his amputated right arm, General Howard endeavored to rally his panic-stricken troops near Dowdall's Tavern. 'I felt...that I wanted to die,' Howard wrote, '...and I sought death everywhere I could find an excuse to go on the field."
On the lower right, "The Eleventh Corps, caught off guard by Jackson's unexpected attack, fled toward Chancellorsville in panic."
Regarding The Flying Dutchmen.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Chancellorsville. National Park Service site. (Submitted on December 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Jackson's Flank March and Attack Virtual Tour by Markers. This virtual tour covers the optional Jackson Flank Trail route of the driving tour and concludes at Jackson's Flank Attack (stop 8) of the driving tour, tracing the route of Jackson's march to deliver the decisive attack of the battle. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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