Near Chancellorsville in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Very Hot Place
The concussion of the cannon blasts deafened some of the artillerists and caused the noses of others to bleed. Burning powder filled the air with black, acrid smoke that filled the lungs and stung the eyes. Even worse was the counter-battery fire from Fairview. Union shells exploded among the Confederate guns, disemboweling men and horses alike. It was, admitted one officer, "a very hot place."
In the end, however, the Confederates were victorious. After five hours of fighting the Union army abandoned Fairview and retreated toward the Rappahannock River. For the men of Lee's artillery, it had been a glorious day.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Location. 38° 18.197′ N, 77° 39.094′ W. Marker is near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Touch for map. Located at stop nine of the driving tour of 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. Lee Renews the Attack (here, next to this marker); Hazel Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); A Missed Opportunity (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Hazel Grove—Fairview Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Bloody Morning (approx. ¼ mile away); Night-time Horror (approx. 0.3 miles away); The 27th Indiana Infantry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a painting depicting the action at Hazel Grove from the Confederate lines.
Regarding A Very Hot Place. This is one of several markers for the Battle of Chancellorsville at Hazel Grove and Fairview, the central part of the battle. See the Hazel Grove - Fairview Virtual Tour by Markers in the links section for a listing of related markers on the tour.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Chancellorsville. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Hazel Grove - Fairview Virtual Tour by Markers. The Hazel Grove and Fairview portions of the battlefield (stops nine and ten on the driving tour of the battlefield). Markers along this tour include those on Stuart and Slocum Drives. (Submitted on November 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,302 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 3, 4. submitted on November 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on March 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 6. submitted on September 12, 2013, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia.