Climactic Struggle

Climactic Struggle (HM1XZ)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Country: United States of America

N 38° 18.546', W 77° 38.089'

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On the morning of May 3, 1863, more than 17,500 men fell killed or wounded in the woods and fields around you - one man shot every second for five hours. Entrenched Union lines in front of you collapsed, and the Confederates surged forward to seize the Chancellorsville intersection. Some 25 Union cannons in this clearing made a valiant effort to cover the retreat, but they were soon smothered in a Confederate crossfire.

Major William H. Stewart of the 61st Virginia Infantry recalled the confusion and horror of that morning:
"The Chancellor house was enveloped in flames .... Men everywhere were seen to be in the agonies of death, some of these grappling the earth to draw their broken forms from the range of the searching flames. On both sides of the road were scattered loaves of bread, empty haversacks and cartridge boxes... hundreds of knapsacks...thousands of muskets...."
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HM NumberHM1XZ
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 2:21pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 269625 N 4243396
Decimal Degrees38.30910000, -77.63481667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.546', W 77° 38.089'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 32.76" N, 77° 38' 5.34" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8801 Elys Ford Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22407, US
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