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

Stone's Reconnaissance

 
 
Stone's Reconnaissance Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2008
1. Stone's Reconnaissance Marker
Inscription.  Union soldiers on the front line probably utilized these rifle pits on May 3-5. Trenches on the other side of the creek possibly served Confederate skirmishers. While the fighting raged near Salem Church, Union Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds believed that the Federal army of 75,000 should attack the 25,000 Confederates facing it here at Chancellorsville. After Hooker refused to assume the offense, Reynolds ordered Col. Roy Stone's brigade on a reconnaissance, hoping this would lead to a general engagement. Stone, however, was unaware of Reynolds' ulterior motive. After advancing close enough to hear the enemy's voices, the colonel withdrew.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1821.
 
Location. 38° 19.1′ N, 77° 38.657′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Bullock Road, on the left when traveling east. Located at trail stop nine on the Chancellorsville History Trail, at the Chancellorsville Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9100 Elys Ford Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Chancellorsville History Trail - Stop Nine image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2008
2. Chancellorsville History Trail - Stop Nine
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walking distance of this marker. A Midnight Conference (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chancellorsville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Colquitt’s Attack (approx. 0.3 miles away); Colquitt Turns Tyler’s Flank (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tyler’s Withdrawal To This Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Union Army Escapes (approx. 0.4 miles away); Apex of Hooker’s Last Line (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lives Transformed (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Chancellorsville. National Park Service page detailing the battle. (Submitted on October 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Trenches in the Vicinity of the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2008
3. Trenches in the Vicinity of the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 857 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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