Near Chancellorsville in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The lunettes to your left were dug by frantic Union artillerymen during the night of May 2-3, 1863. They face west - in the direction of Jackson's surprise assault against the Union right flank. Few attacks of the war so quickly and thoroughly changed the axis and the course of a battle.
On the morning of May 3, 1863, Union cannon and troops at Fairview came under furious attack. Lee assaulted Fairview from the south, while Jackson's force (now commanded by J.E.B. Stuart) attacked from the west and southwest. For several hours, Fairview became the focal point of the battle as Lee struggled to destroy Hooker's army.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Location. 38° 18.456′ N, 77° 38.641′ W. Marker is near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Berry-Paxton Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. High Drama, Human Tragedy ( here, next to this marker); Artillery Duel ( within shouting distance of this marker); Fairview ( within shouting distance of this marker); Ordeal of the Wounded ( within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fairview ( within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellor Cemetery ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Collis Zouaves ( approx. 0.2 miles away); The 27th Indiana Infantry ( approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a drawing of an artillery battery in action while an infantry line stands in support.
Regarding Jackson's Impact. 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
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Chancellorsville. National Park Service site. (Submitted on November 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Hazel Grove - Fairview Walking Trail. A one mile walk through the scene of the heavy fighting on May 2-3, 1863. (Submitted on November 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,041 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.