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

The Wilderness of Spotsylvania County

 
 
The Wilderness of Spotsylvania County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
1. The Wilderness of Spotsylvania County Marker
Inscription. The armies fought the Battle of Chancellorsville in the heart of a 70-square-mile region of tangled undergrowth known locally as the Wilderness. This inhospitable terrain added a new dimension of horror to the fighting on May 3. Fires erupted from muzzle blasts of rifles and cannon and spread rapidly through the thick woods. Some wounded soldiers, unable to escape the flames, faced a gruesome fate. Union general John C. Caldwell described the scene: "It was pitiful to see the charred bodies hugging the trees, or with hands outstretched, as if to ward off the flames. We saw around some of them little cleared circles where they had evidently raked away the dead leaves and sticks to stay the progress of the fire."
 
Location. 38° 18.761′ N, 77° 39.047′ W. Marker is in Chancellorsville, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker can be reached from Bullock Road. Touch for map. Located at trail stop two on the Chancellorsville History Trail, at the Chancellorsville Battlefield. 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. Civil War Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); Chancellorsville Campaign (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct
Trail Stop Two image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
2. Trail Stop Two
line); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Chancellorsville Campaign (about 500 feet away); Chancellorsville (about 600 feet away); Memorializing Jackson's Death (about 600 feet away); Confederate Catastrophe (about 700 feet away); Jackson (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chancellorsville.
 
More about this marker. The upper portion of the marker contains a drawing of "Rescuing the wounded on Sunday, May 3rd, from the burning woods, from a war-time sketch."
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Chancellorsville. National Park Service site. (Submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Wilderness image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
3. The Wilderness
Typical of the wooded undergrowth in the Wilderness today.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 936 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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