First Day at Chancellorsville

First Day at Chancellorsville (HM7D0)

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

N 38° 17.905', W 77° 35.916'

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The Enemy Within

"If possible before the battle I will try to be better posted about the rebble armey."
- Local spy Isaac Silver

Both armies employed soldiers as spies or scouts, but some of the most valuable information came from local civilians. The Chancellorsville Campaign literally swung on the intelligence of Unionists within Confederate lines.

Preceding the Battle of Chancellorsville, local loyalists Ebenezer McGee and Isaac Silver employed tactics of astonishing simplicity. Silver was somehow able to observe Confederate camps and collect information about various units. Silver wrote his "reports" in pencil, without a cipher, and gave them to McGee. McGee carried them across the Rappahannock and delivered them to the Union army.

Silver's reports accurately detailed the location and strength of much of the Confederate army, which was particularly valuable in the virtually impenetrable Wilderness. Sliver continued his activities until war's end, but McGee was fatally wounded while working as a scout in 1864.
HM NumberHM7D0
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 Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 4:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272759 N 4242120
Decimal Degrees38.29841667, -77.59860000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.905', W 77° 35.916'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 54.30" N, 77° 35' 54.96" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6199 Germanna Hwy, Fredericksburg VA 22407, US
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