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

First Day at Chancellorsville

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First Day at Chancellorsville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 3, 2014
1. First Day at Chancellorsville Marker
Inscription. Among the Union troops facing the closing grip of Confederate forces were the experienced veterans of the 5th New York Infantry and the novice soldiers of the 146th New York Infantry. The Confederates, however, did not discriminate between “green” and veteran troops. Both regiments, across the turnpike in front of you and across the run to your left, had real trouble escaping. Some fought their way out, while others were captured en masse.

As the retreating Federal regiments, hounded by Southern artillery fire, crested the hill to your right, they were greeted with a happy sight. The fresh Union division of Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock had moved forward to cover Syke’s withdrawal. Once Sykes was clear, Hancock fell back to Chancellorsville.

"My brigades, covered by skirmishers, moved in succession, in line of battle, to the height on which (Absalom) McGee's house rests." — Union Gen. George Sykes

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(lower left) Men of the veteran 5th New York Infantry, in their brightly colored Zouave uniforms, fought in their last battle at Chancellorsville. Their terms of enlistment expired just days after the fighting. — Courtesy The New-York Historical Society
(center) Col. Kenner Garrard commanded the 146th New York Infantry from the summer of 1862 through
First Day at Chancellorsville image. Click for full size.
August 3, 2014
2. First Day at Chancellorsville
Mott's Run is also known as Lick Run.
the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. Courtesy Library of Congress
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails, Civil War Trust.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 17.974′ N, 77° 36.327′ W. Marker is in Chancellor, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Plank Road (Virginia Route 3) 0.8 miles west of Corter Avenue. Click for map. Located along the Lick Run Battlefield trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6161 Plank Road, Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named First Day at Chancellorsville (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named First Day at Chancellorsville (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named First Day at Chancellorsville (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named First Day at Chancellorsville (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named First Day at Chancellorsville (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named First Day at Chancellorsville
Lick Run Battlefield trail (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 3, 2014
3. Lick Run Battlefield trail (facing west)
(approx. half a mile away); Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named First Day at Chancellorsville (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Chancellor.
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Trust. The Killing Game. Chancellorsville, May 1, 1863. By John Hennessey; Hallowed Ground Magazine, Spring 2013 (Submitted on August 3, 2014.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Union perspective overlicking Lick Run (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 3, 2014
4. Union perspective overlicking Lick Run (facing east)
Confederate perspective overlicking Lick Run (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 3, 2014
5. Confederate perspective overlicking Lick Run (facing west)
Company E, 5th Regiment N.Y. Zouaves, Colonel Duryee, at Camp Butler, near Fortress Monroe, Va. image. Click for full size.
By George Stacy, circa 1862
6. Company E, 5th Regiment N.Y. Zouaves, Colonel Duryee, at Camp Butler, near Fortress Monroe, Va.
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-stereo-1s01792]
 
 
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