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

Union Earthworks

 
 
Union Earthworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
1. Union Earthworks Marker
Inscription. Men of Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock's division manned the earthworks which are located just inside this woodline. Hancock's troops confronted two Confederate divisions advancing from the south (from your right front) and east as well as the Rebels attacking from the west. Lee's relentless pressure forced the Union army to withdraw from Chancellorsville about mid-morning and establish a new line protecting the river crossings. Hancock's men in those trenches and in the Chancellorsville clearing covered the Union retreat.
 
Location. 38° 18.54′ N, 77° 37.86′ W. Marker is near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is on Hooker Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. 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. Chancellorsville Campaign (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chancellorsville (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Chancellorsville Intersection (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chancellorsville Home of Mrs. Sanford Chancellor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civilians in the Crossfire (approx. 0.2 miles
Union Earthworks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
2. Union Earthworks Marker
away); The Chancellor Slaves (approx. 0.2 miles away); Climactic Struggle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee's Greatest Triumph (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
 
Regarding Union Earthworks. 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 30, 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
 
Federal Trenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
3. Federal Trenches
Standing behind the marker are portions of the Federal earthworks used during the battle.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 823 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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