Chancellorsville in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Civilians in the Crossfire
The Battle of Chancellorsville
— Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park —
In seventy-two hours the Chancellor family's world was turned upside down. A Union soldier described the Chancellor women on April 30:
"Upon the upper porch was quite a bevy of ladies in light, dressy, attractive spring costumes. They were not at all abashed or intimidated, scolded audibly and reviled bitterly. They ... stated they had assurances from General Lee, who was just ahead, that he was there anxiously awaiting an opportunity to extend the 'hospitalities of the country.' They had little conception of the terrors in store for them...."
Unknown Union soldier, 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers
Three days later Confederate artillery shells set fire to the Chancellor house, forcing Sue Chancellor and the other women to flee.
"The sight that met our eyes as we came out of the dim light of that basement room beggars description. The woods around the house were a sheet of fire - the air was filled with shot and shell - horses were running, rearing and screaming - the men, a mass of confusion moaning, cursing, and praying.... At our last look, our old home was completely enveloped in flames."
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° 18.527′ N, 77° 38.085′ W. Marker is in Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Plank Road / Germania Highway (State Highway 3) and Elys Ford Road (County Route 610), on the right when traveling west on Plank Road / Germania Highway. Located at stop three of the driving tour of Chancellorsville Battlefield, the Chancellorsville Inn. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. The Chancellor Slaves (here, next to this marker); Chancellorsville Home of Mrs. Sanford Chancellor (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Home of Mrs. Sanford Chancellor (here, next to this marker); Climactic Struggle (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee's Greatest Triumph (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chancellorsville Intersection (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Chancellorsville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a painting of the Chancellor House as it stood before the war. A photo on the upper right shows "The charred ruins of the Chancellor house."
Regarding Civilians in the Crossfire.
Also see . . . Chancellorsville Intersection Virtual Tour by Markers. The Chancellorsville Intersection portion of the battlefield (stop three on the driving tour of the battlefield) includes markers at the intersection of the historic Plank and Ely's Ford Roads. Considerable fighting occurred here on May 3, 1863. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2007. This page has been viewed 1,137 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on November 2, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.