First Day at Chancellorsville

First Day at Chancellorsville (HM1FRB)

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

N 38° 17.974', W 77° 36.327'

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Among the Union troops facing the closing grip of Confederate forces were the experienced veterans of the 5th New York Infantry and the novice soldiers of the 146th New York Infantry. The Confederates, however, did not discriminate between "green" and veteran troops. Both regiments, across the turnpike in front of you and across the run to your left, had real trouble escaping. Some fought their way out, while others were captured en masse.

As the retreating Federal regiments, hounded by Southern artillery fire, crested the hill to your right, they were greeted with a happy sight. The fresh Union division of Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock had moved forward to cover Syke's withdrawal. Once Sykes was clear, Hancock fell back to Chancellorsville.

"My brigades, covered by skirmishers, moved in succession, in line of battle, to the height on which (Absalom) McGee's house rests." — Union Gen. George Sykes


(lower left) Men of the veteran 5th New York Infantry, in their brightly colored Zouave uniforms, fought in their last battle at Chancellorsville. Their terms of enlistment expired just days after the fighting. — Courtesy The New-York Historical Society

(center) Col. Kenner Garrard commanded the 146th New York Infantry from the summer of 1862 through the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. Courtesy Library of Congress
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Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails, Civil War Trust
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 9:38am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272163 N 4242265
Decimal Degrees38.29956667, -77.60545000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 17.974', W 77° 36.327'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 17' 58.44" N, 77° 36' 19.62" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6211 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22407, US
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