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

First Day at Chancellorsville

McGee Family: Divided Loyalties

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, August 3, 2014
1. First Day at Chancellorsville Marker
Inscription. The Civil War in Spotsylvania County is steeped in McGee family history. Reuben McGee, the patriarch, lived behind you on the opposite side of Lick Run. Among Reuben McGee's five sons were one ardent Confederate (Reuben McGee, Jr.), two Southern army deserters (Robert McGee and Sanford McGee), one Union spy (Ebenezer McGee), and one with Union sympathies (Absalom McGee) who lived just two stops further along this trail.

This postwar cemetery is the final resting place for eleven members of the extended McGee family. Absalom McGee, his wife Frances, two of their daughters, and a daughter-in-law are buried here. The other six graves belong to members of the Timberlake family who were connected to the McGees by marriage.

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Reuben Henry McGee, Jr., son and namesake of patriarch Reuben McGee, fought with the 30th Virginia Infantry and survived the war to pose for this picture. At the time of the Battle of Chancellorsville, McGee's regiment was serving with Gen. Longstreet at Suffolk. Courtesy descendants of Reuben H. and Ida Belle McGhee
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails, Civil War Trust.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location.
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By Bernard Fisher, August 3, 2014
2. First Day at Chancellorsville Marker
38° 18.024′ N, 77° 36.437′ W. Marker is in Chancellor, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Plank Road (Virginia Route 3) 0.8 miles west of Corter Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch 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. mile away); a different marker also named First Day at Chancellorsville (approx. 0.3 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); Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named First Day at Chancellorsville (approx. half a mile away); McLaws Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 4, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
First Day at Chancellorsville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 3, 2014
3. First Day at Chancellorsville Marker
McGee Family Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 3, 2014
4. McGee Family Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 4, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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