Near Chancellorsville in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Memorializing Jackson's Death
The Battle of Chancellorsville
— Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park —
Of his soldiers he was the idol;
of his country he was the hope;
of war he was the master.
Senator John Warwick Daniel
When General "Stonewall" Jackson died eight days after being wounded in these woods, shock waves rippled through the South. Confederates immediately memorialized him in in words. "A greater sense of loss and deeper grief never followed the death of mortal man," wrote one artilleryman. Few felt Jackson's loss more keenly than Robert E. Lee, who confessed "I know not how to replace him."
After the war local residents erected a small boulder about 60 yards from the site, to commemorate the general's wounding. That rock still stands amid the bushes to your left-front. In 1888, 5,000 people attended the dedication of the more formal monument in front of you.
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° 18.66′ N, 77° 39.01′ W. Marker is near Chancellorsville 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. Jackson Monuments (a few steps from this marker); Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Catastrophe (within shouting distance of this marker); A Fatal Reconnaissance (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chancellorsville (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo of The Jackson monuments, about 1900. The Orange Turnpike (modern Route 3) is on the right of the photo. On the right is a photo of Civil War veterans pos[ing] in front of the Jackson Monument.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,419 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on December 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.