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By Craig Swain, November 10, 2007
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Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — Chancellorsville Campaign — Lee’s Greatest Victory
After the Union defeat at Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln replaced Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside in January 1863 with the aggressive Gen. Joseph Hooker. At the end of April, Hooker sent most of the Army of the Potomac . . . — Map (db m3634) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — Chancellorsville Campaign — Hooker vs. Lee
"May God have mercy on General Lee for I will have none." -Gen. Joseph Hooker, U.S. Army On May 1, 1863, the head of Union Gen. Joseph Hooker's Army of the Potomac arrived on these fields, apparently completing one of the most successful and . . . — Map (db m11418) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — First Day at Chancellorsville — Pivot Point of a Campaign
"The battle of Chancellorsville was lost right there." - Union Staff Officer. Here, in a few hours on the afternoon of May 1, 1863, the Chancellorsville Campaign took a dramatic turn. Just a day earlier, Union Gen. Joseph Hooker had . . . — Map (db m11419) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — First Day at Chancellorsville — Not Just Armies
"On the first day of the Chancellorsville fight...[our] farm was between our and the enemy's lines of battle." -James H. Leitch, farmer. The Battle of Chancellorsville started here - amid the homes of families living along the Orange . . . — Map (db m11420) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — First Day at Chancellorsville — The Union Attack
"The advance was irresistible... in a few minutes the brigade occupied the crest of the hill." -Union brigade commander Col. Sidney Burbank You now stand at the farthest point of the Union infantry advance on May 1. From here, Federal troops . . . — Map (db m11421) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — First Day at Chancellorsville — The Confederate Flank Attack
The enemy were in force in my immediate front... the country was favorable for a flank attack." - Gen. Lafayette McLaws "Flanked!" one of the most feared words in any army. It meant that the enemy positioned upon the end of your line could . . . — Map (db m11425) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — First Day at Chancellorsville — Difficult Country
"We were in a perfect jungle of rank vines and undergrowth." - Col. A. J. McBride, 10th Georgia Infantry, CSA Few Civil War sites evoke such indelible, mental images as the Wilderness. Densely forested and dark, fighting in the Wilderness of . . . — Map (db m11427) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — First Day at Chancellorsville — The Enemy Within
"If possible before the battle I will try to be better posted about the rebble armey." - Local spy Isaac Silver Both armies employed soldiers as spies or scouts, but some of the most valuable information came from local civilians. The . . . — Map (db m11429) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — First Day at Chancellorsville — Retreat Over Mott's Run
"The road, the woods, and fields on either side, over which the enemy retired, were strewn with knapsacks, blankets, overcoats, and many other valuable articles." - Gen. Paul Semmes, CSA Union Gen. George Sykes, simultaneously flanked out of . . . — Map (db m11431) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — First Day at Chancellorsville — Safer Ground
Among the Union troops facing the closing grip of Confederate forces were the experienced veterans of the 5th New York Infantry and the novice soldiers of the 146th New York Infantry. The Confederates, however, did not discriminate between . . . — Map (db m75948) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — First Day at Chancellorsville — McGee Family: Divided Loyalties
The Civil War in Spotsylvania County is steeped in McGee family history. Reuben McGee, the patriarch, lived behind you on the opposite side of Lick Run. Among Reuben McGee's five sons were one ardent Confederate (Reuben McGee, Jr.), two Southern . . . — Map (db m75954) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — First Day at Chancellorsville — A Dangerous Field Hospital
The shell(s) fell pretty thick around me at first but that soon stopped and I went on operating." — Surgeon John Shaw Billings As the Union army fell back, the structures atop this ridge made convenient targets for Confederate . . . — Map (db m75955) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — First Day at Chancellorsville — Absalom McGee House
They tore up five of our sheets and about 12 dresses and undergarments into strips for bandage. — Harriet McGee Union Surgeon John Shaw Billings moved his field hospital to the relative safety of Absalom McGee's house, which . . . — Map (db m75956) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — First Day at Chancellorsville — The End of the First Day
The Rebel Band plays in the distance a triumphant air, as if to mock the sorrow of my heart. — Friedrich Emil Grossman, USA As the sun dipped below the horizon in front of them, Confederate generals disagreed on whether to . . . — Map (db m75957) HM
Virginia (Spotsylvania County), Chancellor — The First Day at Chancellorsville — Lee Seizes the Initiative
You are standing where the Battle of Chancellorsville began. On May 1, 1863, Union Gen. Joseph Hooker ordered three columns to advance eastward on three roads: the River Road a mile to your left, the Plank Road a mile to your right, and the Orange . . . — Map (db m3633) HM

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