Near Chancellorsville 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.
Location. 38° 18.658′ N, 77° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9001 Plank Road, 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. Confederate Catastrophe (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorializing Jackson's Death (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Monuments (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackson (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
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. 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. 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2007. This page has been viewed 1,745 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on September 3, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 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. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.