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

Jackson Attacks

The Battle of Chancellorsville

 
 
Jackson Attacks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
1. Jackson Attacks Marker
Inscription. "You can go forward then." With those words "Stonewall" Jackson unleashed one of the most famous and successful attacks of the Civil War. On the afternoon of May 2, 1862, Jackson led 30,000 men of his Second Corps to a point just beyond the Union army's right flank, located in this vicinity. He deployed his men astride the Orange Turnpike (modern Route 3) in three lines of battle, each one-half mile or more in length.

Two hours before sunset, Jackson struck. As his men struggled through the tangled woods, they drove deer, rabbits, and turkeys ahead of them. The frightened animals bounded into the Union camps, causing the Northern soldiers to cheer. Their merriment quickly turned to fear as the Confederates stormed out of the woods screaming the Rebel Yell. Jackson was upon them!
 
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 19.019′ N, 77° 41.134′ W. Marker is near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Plank Road / Germanna Highway (State Highway 3), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at driving tour stop eight of the Battle of Chancellorsville. The site
Close-up of Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
September 22, 2007
2. Close-up of Map on Marker
is west of the visitors center. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pressing the Attack (here, next to this marker); The Flying Dutchmen (here, next to this marker); 154th New York State Volunteer Infantry (approx. 1.1 miles away); Here Fell General Alexander Hays (approx. 1.6 miles away); No Turning Back (approx. 1.7 miles away); On to Richmond! (approx. 1.7 miles away); 12th Regiment New Jersey Volunteers 1862 - 1865 (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Climax (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
 
More about this marker. A Don Troiani painting sets the background of this marker. On the lower right is a map showing the arrangement of forces for the attack.
 
Regarding Jackson Attacks. This is one of several markers for the Battle of Chancellorsville along the Jackson's Flank March and Attack trail. See the Jackson's Flank March and Attack 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.
Three Markers at the Jackson's Flank Attack Tour Stop image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Three Markers at the Jackson's Flank Attack Tour Stop
(Submitted on December 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Jackson's Flank March and Attack Virtual Tour by Markers. This virtual tour covers the optional Jackson Flank Trail route of the driving tour and concludes at Jackson's Flank Attack (stop 8) of the driving tour, tracing the route of Jackson's march to deliver the decisive attack of the battle. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Confederate Staging Area image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
4. Confederate Staging Area
Roughly a half mile west of the marker location, looking east down the Orange Turnpike (toward the Federal positions). Jackson massed his troops here before launching the attack on the exposed Federal flanks. This location, where CR 640 intersects the highway, is within a small tract of National Park land.
Jackson Attacks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 18, 2008
5. Jackson Attacks Marker
Just to the right of the marker, looking in the direction in which Jackson's men attacked from.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,634 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on January 15, 2008.   3. submitted on December 2, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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