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

Civilians in the Crossfire

 
 
Civilians in the Crossfire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
1. Civilians in the Crossfire Marker
Inscription. In seventy-two hours the Chancellor family's world was turned upside down. A Union soldier described the Chancellor women on April 30:
"Upon the upper porch was quite a bevy of ladies in light, dressy, attractive spring costumes. They were not at all abashed or intimidated, scolded audibly and reviled bitterly. They ... stated they had assurances from General Lee, who was just ahead, that he was their anxiously awaiting an opportunity to extend the 'hospitalities of the country.' They had little conception of the terrors in store for them...."
Unknown Union soldier, 118th Pennsylvania Volunteers

Three days later Confederate artillery shells set fire to the Chancellor house, forcing Sue Chancellor and the other women to flee.

"The sight that met our eyes as we came out of the dim light of that basement room beggars description. The woods around the house were a sheet of fire - the air was filled with shot and shell - horses were running, rearing and screaming - the men, a mass of confusion moaning, cursing, and praying.... At our last look, our old home was completely enveloped in flames."
Fourteen-year-old Sue Chancellor
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.
 
Location. 38° 18.527′ 
Markers Beside the Chancellorsville Inn Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
2. Markers Beside the Chancellorsville Inn Ruins
N, 77° 38.085′ W. Marker is in Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Plank Road / Germania Highway (State Highway 3) and Elys Ford Road (County Route 610), on the right when traveling west on Plank Road / Germania Highway. Touch for map. Located at stop three of the driving tour of Chancellorsville Battlefield, the Chancellorsville Inn. 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. The Chancellor Slaves (here, next to this marker); Chancellorsville Home of Mrs. Sanford Chancellor (here, next to this marker); Climactic Struggle (within shouting distance of this marker); Lee's Greatest Triumph (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chancellorsville Intersection (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Chancellorsville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chancellorsville Clearing (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a painting of the Chancellor House as it stood before the war. A photo on the upper right shows "The charred ruins of the Chancellor house."
 
Regarding Civilians in the Crossfire.
Portion of the Runins of the Inn image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
3. Portion of the Runins of the Inn
This portion of the Inn was built in 1815.
This is one of several markers for the Battle of Chancellorsville at the Chancellorsville Intersection, scene of considerable fighting in the battle. See the Chancellorsville Intersection 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 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Chancellorsville Intersection Virtual Tour by Markers. The Chancellorsville Intersection portion of the battlefield (stop three on the driving tour of the battlefield) includes markers at the intersection of the historic Plank and Ely's Ford Roads. Considerable fighting occurred here on May 3, 1863. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Original Portion of the Inn image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
4. The Original Portion of the Inn
This section dates to the late 1700s.
The East Wing of the Inn image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
5. The East Wing of the Inn
Extensions were also added here in 1815. Behind the Inn ruins are those of an another extension dating to the 1840s.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,038 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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