Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Fredericksburg
Outnumbered, the Georgians fell back to the protection of a railroad embankment, still visible inside the woods ahead of you. But Union sharpshooters outflanked the Georgians' position and captured most of the regiment. The Federals pushed no farther, though, and Jackson's march continued. By 5 p.m. his column lay poised opposite the Union army's unprotected right flank, about three miles northwest of you. Jackson stood on the verge of his greatest success.
Erected by National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 16.803′ N, 77° 38.755′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Jackson Trail East, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on the Jackson Flank March driving loop in the Chancellorsville Battlefield section of the Fredericksburg
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ordeal of the Wellfords (here, next to this marker); Chancellorsville Campaign (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 0.6 miles away); A Region of Gloom (approx. 0.6 miles away); Catharine Furnace (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jackson's Flank March (approx. 0.6 miles away); About a mile in the distance... (approx. 0.7 miles away); Maury House Trail (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a map depicting Jackson's flank march with the location of the Wellford House and the 23rd Georgia position indicated. Union leaders spotted Jackson's column, assumed he was retreating and attacked. The 23rd Georgia tried to stop them. The fight ended only when the Georgians surrendered in the unfinished railroad, about 200 yards in front of you.
An inset portrait shows Colonel Emory F. Best, 23rd Georgia. Best would be court-martialed for abandoning his regiment before it surrendered.
Regarding Rearguard Action.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Chancellorsville. National Park Service site detailing the battle. (Submitted on September 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Jackson's Flank March and Attack Virtual Tour by Markers. This virtual tour covers the optional Jackson Flank Trail route of the driving tour and concludes at Jackson's Flank Attack (stop 8) of the driving tour, tracing the route of Jackson's march to deliver the decisive attack of the battle. (Submitted on September 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,250 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.