Near Chancellorsville in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Throughout the battle fresh troops arrived along this road, until more than 90,000 Federals crowded the battlefield. On May 3, after perhaps the most intense morning of fighting in American history, the Federals spilled back along this road and through the adjacent woods. A portion of General Joseph Hooker's final line is visible across the road.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Location. 38° 19.029′ N, 77° 38.24′ W. Marker is near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Ely's Ford Road (County Route 610) and Bullock Road, on the right when traveling south on Ely's Ford Road. Touch for map. Located at the Bullock House Site, stop two of the driving tour of Chancellorsville Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22407, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Hooker's Final Bastion (here, next to this marker); Lives Transformed (within shouting distance of this marker); Apex of Hooker’s Last Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Line Contained Along Mineral Springs Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stone's Reconnaissance (approx. 0.4 miles away); Union Counterattack (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Midnight Conference (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker displays "Union cavalry splashes across the Rapidan River at Ely's Ford." An inset of the upper right shows "Ely's Ford, about 1900." The lower left has an operational map showing "In the opening stages of the campaign, Union columns crossed the Rapidan and Rappahannock Rivers at three points and converged on Chancellorsville, compelling Confederate troops there to fall back to Zoan Church."
Regarding Union Lifeline. This is one of several markers for the Battle of Chancellorsville at the Bullock House Site, at the apex of Hooker's final line. See the Bullock House Site 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 19, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Bullock House Site Virtual Tour by Markers. The Bullock House Site portion of the battlefield (stop two on the driving tour of the battlefield) includes markers at the intersection of Bullock and Ely's Ford Roads. The position marked the apex of Hooker's final line. (Submitted on December 8, 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 19, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 897 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 19, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.