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

A Midnight Conference

 
 
A Midnight Conference Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2008
1. A Midnight Conference Marker
Inscription.  After being driven from the Chancellorsville crossroads by Lee on May 3, 1863, Hooker retreated to a new line of defenses covering U.S. Ford, 3.5 miles to your rear. For two days, Hooker strengthened his defenses and awaited attack. Lee took advantage of Hooker's passiveness to reinforce Confederate troops fighting John Sedgwick at Salem Church. When Sedgwick retreated across the Rappahannock on May 4, Lee again turned his attention to Hooker.

But "Fighting Joe" had had enough. In a council of war, he asked his corps commanders whether the army should offer Lee battle south of the river or withdraw. By a majority vote, they elected to stay and fight it out. Hooker listened quietly as the council made its recommendation then announced his decision to withdraw. It was his last and perhaps greatest mistake of the campaign.
 
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° 19.043′ N, 77° 38.755′ W. Marker is near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Bullock Road, on the left when
Chancellorsville History Trail - Stop Ten image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2008
2. Chancellorsville History Trail - Stop Ten
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traveling east. Located at trail stop ten 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 walking distance of this marker. Stone's Reconnaissance (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Union Army Escapes (approx. 0.3 miles away); Junction of Earthworks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chancellorsville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colquitt’s Attack (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colquitt Turns Tyler’s Flank (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tyler’s Withdrawal To This Line (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Breakthrough (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
 
More about this marker. Above the text is a drawing with the caption, Artist Edwin Forbes sketched this Union soldier on May 6, the day of the retreat. Beneath the mule Forbes has scribbled the words, "I've got enough of Chancellorsville," a sentiment apparently shared by Joe Hooker.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Chancellorsville. National Park Service page detailing the battle. (Submitted on October 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Confederate Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2008
3. Confederate Earthworks
Roughly 100 yards west of the marker are the trenches of the main Confederate line.
 
 
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 926 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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