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

A Bold Plan

 
 
A Bold Plan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
1. A Bold Plan Marker
Inscription. Here, on the evening of May 1, 1863, Generals Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson hatched one of the boldest schemes in military history. Hunched over maps beside a small fire, the two generals plotted how to destroy the Union army, now entrenched around Chancellorsville, a mile to your left. The solution came when Confederate cavalryman General J.E.B. Stuart reported that the Union right flank (three miles behind you) lay unprotected.

During the night, with the help of local residents, Lee and Jackson mapped a secure route across the front of the Union army to the Federal right flank. Jackson proposed taking 30,000 men to assail the Union army from the west. That would leave Lee with just 15,000 men to distract and hold in place the 75,000-man Union army in front of Chancellorsville. Dividing his outnumbered army invited destruction, but success promised dramatic victory. Lee gave his assent.
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location. 38° 17.698′ N, 77° 37.53′ W. Marker is near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of McLaws Drive and Old Plank Road, on the right when traveling south on McLaws Drive. Touch for map.
Driving Tour Stop Five for the Battle of Chancellorsville Tour image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
2. Driving Tour Stop Five for the Battle of Chancellorsville Tour
Located at tour stop five of the Driving tour of the Battle of Chancellorsville. 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. Final Meeting, Fateful March (here, next to this marker); Bivouac (a few steps from this marker); Chancellorsville Campaign (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); McLaws Trail (approx. half a mile away); Wounding of Jackson (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jackson on the Move (approx. 0.8 miles away); Matthew Fontaine Maury (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker has a painting of the meeting of the generals around the campfire, described in the text. On the lower left is a photograph from the 1880s showing "this intersection much as it appeared when Lee and Jackson met here on the night of May 1, 1863. The view was taken from a point about 100 yards" in front of the marker.
 
Regarding A Bold Plan. This is one of several markers for the Battle of Chancellorsville along McLaws Drive, Furnace Road, Sickles Drive, and East Jackson
View of the Intersection as it Appears Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
3. View of the Intersection as it Appears Today
Trail, on the east side of the battlefield. See the McLaws's Line to Catharine Furnace Virtual Tour by Markers in the links section for a listing of related markers on the tour.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Chancellorsville. National Parks Service site. (Submitted on November 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. McLaws's Line to Catharine Furnace Virtual Tour by Markers. Spread across a two mile segment on the east side of the battlefield, this virtual tour by markers covers action from May 1-3, 1863. (Submitted on November 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
A Bold Plan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 18, 2008
4. A Bold Plan Marker
Lee- Jackson Bivouac, Stop #5 on the Chancellorsville driving tour. This marker is located here to the right
Chancellorsville Visitor Center Display image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 18, 2008
5. Chancellorsville Visitor Center Display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,181 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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