Near Chancellorsville in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Fatal Reconnaissance
While the Confederates prepared, the general and a small group of attendants rode forward on the Mountain Road - little more than a woods path - to this point. Jackson could hear the aces of Union soldiers fashioning earthworks in front. One of his staff officers cautioned the general to go back. "The danger is over," he snapped. "The enemy is routed. Go tell A.P. Hill to press right on!" With that, Jackson continued his fateful ride toward the front.
Erected by Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 18.658′ N, 77° 38.958′ W. Marker is near Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Plank Road / Germania Highway (State Highway 3), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Catastrophe (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorializing Jackson's Death (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackson Monuments (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackson (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker is a drawing of "Jackson riding on the Plank Road, shortly before his mortal wounding on May 2, 1863." On the lower left is a photo of "The Old Mountain Road about 1900."
Regarding A Fatal Reconnaissance. This is one of several markers for the Battle
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Chancellorsville. National Park Service site. (Submitted on December 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Wounding of Stonewall Jackson Virtual Tour by Markers. This virtual tour includes markers on the Wounding of Stonewall Jackson walking trail and sites associated with the Jackson's death on May 10, 1863. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,620 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on July 25, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.