Near Spotsylvania Courthouse in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Fatal Reconnaissance
The Battle of Chancellorsville
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
When "Stonewall" Jackson reached this point at about 9 p.m. on May 2, 1863, he stood at the peak of his military career. Four hundred yards in front of you, a shaken Union army hastily built earthworks to halt the Confederate tide. One hundred yards behind you, Jackson's troops formed along the Bullock Road for what Jackson hoped would be the final and climactic night attack against the faltering Federals.
While the Confederates prepared, the general and a small group of attendants rode forward on the Mountain Road - little more than a woods path - to this point. Jackson could hear the axes of Union soldiers fashioning earthworks in front. One of his staff officers cautioned the general to go back. "The danger is over," he snapped. "The enemy is routed. Go tell A.P. Hill to press right on!" With that, Jackson continued his fateful ride toward the front.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1767.
Location. 38° 18.658′ N, 77° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9001 Plank Rd, Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Catastrophe (within shouting distance of this marker); Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Chancellorsville (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorializing Jackson's Death (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania Courthouse.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker is a drawing of "Jackson riding on the Plank Road, shortly before his mortal wounding on May 2, 1863." On the lower left is a photo of "The Old Mountain Road about 1900."
Regarding A Fatal Reconnaissance. This is one of several markers for the Battle of Chancellorsville along the Wounding of Stonewall Jackson walking trail.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2007. This page has been viewed 1,816 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on September 3, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1. submitted on April 20, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 6. submitted on January 30, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.