Near Chancellorsville in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
— The Battle of Chancellorsville —
Four days of pitched battle followed, in which Lee outmaneuvered and outfought his opponent, ultimately forcing him to retreat. It was the Southern leader's greatest triumph of the war, but it came at great cost. On May 10, 1863, his top general, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, died of wounds received in the battle. Without Jackson to carry out his plans, Lee never again achieved such stunning success.
Erected 2008 by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior.
Location. 38° 18.687′ N, 77° 38.954′ 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. Chancellorsville Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); A Fatal Reconnaissance (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Catastrophe (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorializing Jackson's Death (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (about 300 feet away); Jackson Monuments (about 300 feet away); Jackson (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
More about this marker. In the upper part of the marker is a painting of The Battle of Chancellorsville. To the right of the text are portraits of the Generals mentioned in the text - Jackson, Lee, and Hooker. Jackson's portrait was taken just a week before Chancellorsville, his last and greatest battle. Lee's portrait is captioned, by 1863, much of the Confederacy saw Lee as the best, and perhaps only, hope for Confederate victory. Hooker's portrait notes that Chancellorsville was Hooker's only battle as a commander of an army.
The lower part of the marker is a painting depicting the Chancellor Inn and surrounding area. Chancellorsville was not a village but a tavern at a strategic crossroads. Frances Chancellor and her six children stayed in the house until May 3, when, at the height of the battle, flames engulfed the house and drove the Chancellors away.
A small inset map shows the tour stops on the battlefield, Jackson fell wounded near where the modern visitor center now stands. Follow the driving tour to reach the remainder of Chancellorsville Battlefield.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Chancellorsville. National Parks Service site. (Submitted on August 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Old Chancellorville Campaign Marker. This marker replaced a 1950’s era marker that stood here until early 2008. Click on this link to see the old marker. (Submitted on August 25, 2008.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,638 times since then and 40 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week August 24, 2008. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on October 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 7. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.