First Day at Chancellorsville

First Day at Chancellorsville (HM7CQ)

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

N 38° 17.772', W 77° 35.785'

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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 congratulated his army on a successful campaign. As Hooker's army stood on Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's left flank, he boasted, "Our enemy must either ingloriously fly or ... give us battle on our own ground, where certain destruction awaits him."

On May 1, the head of Hooker's column under Gen. George Sykes ran into Lee's Confederates on the ground just in front of you. The Union troops formed in line of battle, and for three hours the fighting raged here. More than 500 men fell.

The impact of the fighting far exceeded its scale - it convinced Hooker to abandon his advance and fall back to the Chancellorsville intersection. Lee took the high ground east of Chancellorsville and, in the three days that followed, inflicted a punishing defeat on the Union army. Having seized the initiative, Lee then embarked upon his second invasion of the North - an invasion that would end at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
HM NumberHM7CQ
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Year Placed2008
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 4:53pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272943 N 4241869
Decimal Degrees38.29620000, -77.59641667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.772', W 77° 35.785'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 46.32" N, 77° 35' 47.10" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6133-6161 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22407, US
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