First Day at Chancellorsville

First Day at Chancellorsville (HM1FRK)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22407
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.083', W 77° 36.817'

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The End of the First Day

The Rebel Band plays in the distance a triumphant air, as if to mock the sorrow of my heart. — Friedrich Emil Grossman, USA

As the sun dipped below the horizon in front of them, Confederate generals disagreed on whether to advance to seize the Chancellorsville crossroads or to reorganize and rest for the night. They tried a quick advance, but the murderous fire of Col. Patrick H. O'Rorke's New York brigade made bivouacking the better option. The Confederates camped here, separated from the Union camp to the west by only a valley. Hooker's men, on a five-mile arc around Chancellorsville, dug in and passed the night uneasily.

The fighting on May 1 had ended, but a much larger battle awaited. Having stolen the initiative from Hooker, Gen. Robert E. Lee met with Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson south of here and devised the now-famous plan to flank the Union army the following day.


(lower left) The stage was set for the next day. Union Gen. Joseph Hooker was on the defensive, and Lee's troops could maneuver at will.
(right) Lee and Jackson sat on wooden crates about three-quarters of a mile south of here, along the Orange Plank Road, when they made their battle plans for the next day. — Courtesy National Park Service
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Historical PeriodCivil War
Historical PlaceBattlefield
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails, Civil War Trust.
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 7:16am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 271455 N 4242487
Decimal Degrees38.30138333, -77.61361667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.083', W 77° 36.817'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 4.9800" N, 77° 36' 49.0200" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)540
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6387-6399 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg VA 22407, US
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