Near Chancellorsville in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Birthplace of Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873)
The Battle of Chancellorsville
Maury's findings revolutionized 19th-century shipping. By using his charts, ship captains reduced the average time it took to sail from New York to San Francisco from 180 days to just 133 days, saving shipping companies millions of dollars. Maury's studies also made possible the laying of the Transatlantic Cable - the first telegraphic communication between Europe and North America.
Erected 2009 by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Location. 38° 17.381′ N, 77° 38.297′ W. Marker is near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from McLaws Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located two hundred yards to the west of the road on a walking trail to
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maury House Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Matthew Fontaine Maury (about 500 feet away); Jackson on the Move (about 500 feet away); About a mile in the distance... (about 600 feet away); Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Region of Gloom (approx. half a mile away); Catharine Furnace (approx. half a mile away); Jackson's Flank March (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
More about this marker. On the left is a photo of the Maury Memorial in Richmond, Virginia. During the Civil War, Maury served the Confederacy. This statue of him stands on Monument Avenue in Richmond - alongside those of Lee, Jackson, Stuart, and Jefferson Davis. Also on the left is a portrait of Maury. Born here, Maury later lived in Fredericksburg and Tennessee. One historian wrote that Maury "taught commerce how to make the winds and the currents of the sea do its bidding." The background of the marker is the image of a steamship.
Categories. • Science & Medicine • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,201 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on July 13, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.