First Day at Chancellorsville

First Day at Chancellorsville (HM7CR)

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

N 38° 17.736', W 77° 35.579'

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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 Turnpike. On the morning of May 1, Ann Lewis, whose house stood on the rise in front of you, found Union cavalrymen lounging in her yard. After she saw masses of Confederate troops approaching from the east, Lewis called a Union trooper into her house to "look at the rebels"; she wisely retreated to her cellar just as the shooting started. Union soldiers took cover behind the house, and a spirited firefight ensued.

With so many battles fought nearby, the civilians of Spotsylvania County bore a disproportionate burdon of devastation and destruction. James H. Leitch, whose home lay in the middle of the battlefield, recalled: "The enemy tore down some of the fencing... They took our corn from the crib... [and] ten bushels of ground wheat. ... I saw our troops using the fencing from the side opposite the Yankees as fuel."
HM NumberHM7CR
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 Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 9:24am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 273241 N 4241794
Decimal Degrees38.29560000, -77.59298333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.736', W 77° 35.579'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 44.16" N, 77° 35' 34.74" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6091-6131 VA-3, Fredericksburg VA 22407, US
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