Chancellorsville Campaign

Chancellorsville Campaign (HM7CP)

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

N 38° 17.77', W 77° 35.786'

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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 elaborate maneuvers of the war. A column that eventually numbered 80,000 men had crossed two rivers, pushed through the tangled Wilderness of Spotsylvania County, and now stood poised to descend on the left flank and rear of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, posted on the Rappahannock River above and below Fredericksburg.

Momentarily deceived by the 30,000 Union troops left hovering opposite Fredericksburg, Lee was slow to respond. But on April 30, reports from scouts and other units on the Rappahannock confirmed Hooker's sweeping flank movement. Lee moved quickly to blunt Hooker's advance. Leaving just 10,000 soldiers at Fredericksburg, Gens. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson marched with 42,000 men to confront Hooker's main force. The columns collided here, on these open fields, on May 1.
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HM NumberHM7CP
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
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Year Placed2008
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 6:37pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272941 N 4241865
Decimal Degrees38.29616667, -77.59643333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.77', W 77° 35.786'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 46.20" N, 77° 35' 47.16" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6133-6161 VA-3, Fredericksburg VA 22407, US
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