Near Chancellorsville in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Matthew Fontaine Maury
Pathﬁnder of the Seas
1806 Maury 1873
Pathfinder of the Seas
Author of physical geography of the sea
Founder of the science of meteorology
First to conceive the idea of an Atlantic Cable
Under his direction the first cable was laid 1858
Father of the U.S. Naval Observatory
Erected by the
Maury Birthplace Association
J.T. Goolrick, Organizer.
Erected by Maury Birthplace Association.
Location. 38° 17.32′ N, 77° 38.235′ W. Marker is near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on McLaws Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at the Maury's Birthplace stop, an un-numbered stop on the Battle of Chancellorsville driving tour. 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. Jackson on the Move (here, next to this marker); Maury House Trail (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873) (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); About a mile in the distance... Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 0.4 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
Regarding Matthew Fontaine Maury. This is one of several markers for the Battle of Chancellorsville along McLaws Drive, Furnace Road, Sickles Drive, and East Jackson 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. Matthew Fontaine Maury. Wikipedia entry. Maury can be called the father of Oceanography. (Submitted on November 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Discussion of Maury's Work. Maury studied ocean currents at a time when sailing vessels were reaching their pinnacle of development and steam propulsion was taking hold. Maury's charts enabled ship captains to transit the oceans faster. (Submitted on November 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. 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 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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