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

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

National Park Service, U.S.Department of the Interior

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 17, 2021
1. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Marker
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Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania—this is the bloodiest landscape in North America. No place more vividly reflects the Civil War's tragic cost in all its forms. A city bombarded, bloodied, and looted. Farms large and small ruined. Refugees by the thousands forced into the countryside. More than 85,000 men wounded; 15,000 killed—most now in graves unknown.

The fading scars of battle, the home places of bygone families, and the granite tributes to those who fought still mark these lands. These places reveal the trials of a community and nation at war—a virtuous tragedy that freed four million Americans and reunited a nation. To visit the battlefields, begin your tour at either the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center or the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center.

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Wilderness Battlefield
For two days Union and Confederate soldiers grappled with one another in the woods 15 miles west of Fredericksburg. James Horace Lacy's house, "Ellwood," was the headquarters during the battle.

Chancellorsville Battlefield
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Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 17, 2021
2. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Marker
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E. Lee forged victory against great odds here but suffered the irreparable loss of his brilliant subordinate "Stonewall" Jackson.

Spotsylvania Battlefield
Two weeks of gruesome combat culminated in hand-to-hand fighting at this turn in the Confederate line, known as the Bloody Angle.

Chatham
This colonial plantation is the only private home in America to have played host to both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. During the Civil War, it served as a Union headquarters and hospital.

Jackson Shrine
After his mortal wounding at Chancellorsville, "Stonewall" Jackson was taken to a Caroline County plantation, where he died eight days later. His final words were, "Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees."
 
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° 18.684′ N, 77° 38.968′ W. Marker is in Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Plank Road. 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. Chancellorsville (a few steps from this marker); Chancellorsville Campaign
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(a few steps from this marker); Confederate Catastrophe (within shouting distance of this marker); A Fatal Reconnaissance (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); 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 Chancellorsville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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