Near Chancellorsville in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Midnight Conference
But "Fighting Joe" had had enough. In a council of war, he asked his corps commanders whether the army should offer Lee battle south of the river or withdraw. By a majority vote, they elected to stay and fight it out. Hooker listened quietly as the council made its recommendation then announced his decision to withdraw. It was his last and perhaps greatest mistake of the campaign.
Location. 38° 19.043′ N, 77° 38.755′ W. Marker is near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Bullock Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at trail stop ten on the Chancellorsville Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stone's Reconnaissance (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Union Army Escapes (approx. 0.3 miles away); Junction of Earthworks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chancellorsville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colquitt’s Attack (approx. 0.4 miles away); Colquitt Turns Tyler’s Flank (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tyler’s Withdrawal To This Line (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Breakthrough (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
More about this marker. Above the text is a drawing with the caption, Artist Edwin Forbes sketched this Union soldier on May 6, the day of the retreat. Beneath the mule Forbes has scribbled the words, "I've got enough of Chancellorsville," a sentiment apparently shared by Joe Hooker.
Also see . . . Battle of Chancellorsville. National Park Service page detailing the battle. (Submitted on October 22, 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 October 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 850 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.