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

A Midnight Conference

 
 
A Midnight Conference Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2008
1. A Midnight Conference Marker
Inscription. After being driven from the Chancellorsville crossroads by Lee on May 3, 1863, Hooker retreated to a new line of defenses covering U.S. Ford, 3.5 miles to your rear. For two days, Hooker strengthened his defenses and awaited attack. Lee took advantage of Hooker's passiveness to reinforce Confederate troops fighting John Sedgwick at Salem Church. When Sedgwick retreated across the Rappahannock on May 4, Lee again turned his attention to Hooker.

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 History Trail, at the Chancellorsville Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Chancellorsville History Trail - Stop Ten image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2008
2. Chancellorsville History Trail - Stop Ten
. 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.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Confederate Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 18, 2008
3. Confederate Earthworks
Roughly 100 yards west of the marker are the trenches of the main Confederate line.
 
 
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 805 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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