The Chancellor Slaves

The Chancellor Slaves (HM381)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.527', W 77° 38.085'

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Their names are unrecorded, their labors are rarely noted. No images of them survive. But slaves outnumbered Chancellor family members when Frances Chancellor moved into this house in 1861. Likely only a few of the 20 slaves owned by the Chancellors occupied the house itself. Most probably lived in cabins scattered across the Chancellors' 300 acres of farmland. The slaves' overseer James Moxley lived at Fairview, a quarter mile to the southwest.

When the Union army arrived at Fredericksburg in spring 1862, hundreds - perhaps thousands - of Spotsylvania's 6,000 slaves escaped into Union lines. The Chancellor slaves were among those who fled. By May 1863 only one slave remained with the family: a young girl whose mother had left months earlier. When the house caught fire and the Chancellors fled, they left the girl behind - her fate unknown. Most likely she passed into Union lines - to freedom.
HM NumberHM381
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 1:38pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 269630 N 4243360
Decimal Degrees38.30878333, -77.63475000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.527', W 77° 38.085'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 31.62" N, 77° 38' 5.10" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7549-7939 VA-3, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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