Pressing the Attack

Pressing the Attack (HM21J)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 19.019', W 77° 41.134'

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The Battle of Chancellorsville

That evening, as the fighting subsided, Confederate officers reassembled their commands in the clearing surrounding Wilderness Church, one-half mile in front of you. The attack had taken a heavy toll on the army's organization. Units had become mixed. Some men wandered off in search of food or water; others plundered abandoned Union camps.

It would take time to get his corps back into fighting trim, but Jackson could not wait. The Confederate army was divided. Decisive action by Hooker might yet turn the Confederate victory into a defeat. Jackson had to strike before the enemy could regain his balance.

As darkness descended on the battlefield, Jackson ordered General A.P. Hill to slice behind the Union forces at Chancellorsville and sever their supply line across Rappahannock River. "Press them, Hill!" he snapped, "Cut them off from United States Ford! Press them!" From Wilderness Church, the Confederates moved forward again into the gathering night.
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HM NumberHM21J
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Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, US Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 9:22pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 265212 N 4244398
Decimal Degrees38.31698333, -77.68556667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.019', W 77° 41.134'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 1.14" N, 77° 41' 8.04" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2928-3000 Winfield Oaks Dr, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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