First Day at Chancellorsville

First Day at Chancellorsville (HM7CS)

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

N 38° 17.706', W 77° 35.425'

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The Union Attack

"The advance was irresistible... in a few minutes the brigade occupied the crest of the hill."
-Union brigade commander Col. Sidney Burbank

You now stand at the farthest point of the Union infantry advance on May 1. From here, Federal troops poured a murderous fire into the disorganized Confederate line. But the Southerners, under Gen. William Mahone, soon regrouped for battle on the ridge in front of you. One Union officer recalled that his men advanced "steadily and with a will, although exposed to a sharp fire from musketry and artillery."

Confederate fire halted the Union attack. The Federals fell back to the Lewis house behind you and held off the enemy from behind the ridge. For Union troops, however, the battle soon took an unfortunate turn.
HM NumberHM7CS
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Year Placed2008
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:06am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 273464 N 4241732
Decimal Degrees38.29510000, -77.59041667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.706', W 77° 35.425'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 42.36" N, 77° 35' 25.50" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6067-6089 VA-3, Fredericksburg VA 22407, US
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