First Day at Chancellorsville

First Day at Chancellorsville (HM1FRH)

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

N 38° 18.024', W 77° 36.437'

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McGee Family: Divided Loyalties

The Civil War in Spotsylvania County is steeped in McGee family history. Reuben McGee, the patriarch, lived behind you on the opposite side of Lick Run. Among Reuben McGee's five sons were one ardent Confederate (Reuben McGee, Jr.), two Southern army deserters (Robert McGee and Sanford McGee), one Union spy (Ebenezer McGee), and one with Union sympathies (Absalom McGee) who lived just two stops further along this trail.

This postwar cemetery is the final resting place for eleven members of the extended McGee family. Absalom McGee, his wife Frances, two of their daughters, and a daughter-in-law are buried here. The other six graves belong to members of the Timberlake family who were connected to the McGees by marriage.


Reuben Henry McGee, Jr., son and namesake of patriarch Reuben McGee, fought with the 30th Virginia Infantry and survived the war to pose for this picture. At the time of the Battle of Chancellorsville, McGee's regiment was serving with Gen. Longstreet at Suffolk. Courtesy descendants of Reuben H. and Ida Belle McGhee
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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 Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 2:17pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 272006 N 4242362
Decimal Degrees38.30040000, -77.60728333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.024', W 77° 36.437'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 1.44" N, 77° 36' 26.22" 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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