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

Confederate Catastrophe

 
 
Confederate Catastrophe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
1. Confederate Catastrophe Marker
Inscription. Near this spot around 9:15 p.m. on the night of May 2, 1863, the Confederate cause suffered disaster. As "Stonewall" Jackson and his party returned from their reconnaissance down the Mountain Road, Confederate musketry erupted south of the Plank Road (Route 3). The scattered fire rippled northward, directly across Jackson's path.

A Confederate officer yelled, "Cease firing! You are firing into your own men!" Through the darkness, a voice shouted back: "Who gave that order? It's a lie! Pour it into them, boys!" The flash from dozens of rifles illuminated the darkness. Two bullets crashed into Jackson's left arm; a third pierced his right hand. Later that night his left arm would be amputated. On May 10, 1863, Jackson died in a farm office at Guinea Station.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 18.662′ N, 77° 38.988′ W. Marker is near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Plank Road / Germania Highway, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located behind the Chancellorsville Visitors Center to the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, on the "Wounding
Jackson's Wounding Site Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
2. Jackson's Wounding Site Map
of Stonewall Jackson" walking trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9001 Plank Road, Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Memorializing Jackson's Death (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Monuments (within shouting distance of this marker); A Fatal Reconnaissance (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left, "This map shows the route of Jackson's fatal reconnaissance. You are standing near the spot where the general was shot."

On the upper right is "The last portrait of Jackson, taken at a Spotsylvania County farm about ten days before his mortal wounding. Mrs. Jackson regretted that the image showed 'a sternness to his countenance that was not natural.'"

In the lower center is a
Confederate Catastrophe Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
3. Confederate Catastrophe Marker
copy of a sketch showing the wounding incident. "After the shooting, Jackson's horse bolted through the woods. Staff officers stopped the panicked animal and lowered Jackson to the ground near the site of the present monuments. After Jackson was shot, attendants carried him to a field hospital behind the lines. There surgeons removed his wounded left arm."
 
Regarding Confederate Catastrophe. This is one of several markers for the Battle of Chancellorsville along the Wounding of Stonewall Jackson walking trail. See the Wounding of Stonewall Jackson 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 December 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Jackson's Wounding. A map on this site points out the locations of the wounding in relation to modern landmarks. (Submitted on December 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Wounding of Stonewall Jackson Virtual Tour by Markers. This virtual tour includes markers on the Wounding of Stonewall Jackson walking trail and sites associated with the Jackson's death on May 10, 1863. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Location of Jackson's Wounding image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
4. Location of Jackson's Wounding
Jackson was wounded at a spot within a few strides from the modern visitors center.
Jackson's Raincoat image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
5. Jackson's Raincoat
The raincoat that Gen. Jackson was wearing on the night of his wounding is on display at the VMI Museum in Lexington, Va.
Visitor Center Illustration of Jackson's wounding image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 18, 2008
6. Visitor Center Illustration of Jackson's wounding
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,422 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on August 24, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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