A Missed Opportunity

A Missed Opportunity (HMCLL)

Location: Spotsylvania, VA 22553 Spotsylvania County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.201', W 77° 39.071'

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The Battle of Chancellorsville

The morning of May 3d found the Confederate army heavily outnumbered and dangerously divided. "Stonewall" Jackson's flank attack the evening before had staggered the Union army but had not irretrievably damaged it. As the day broke, Jackson's corps, now under J.E.B. Stuart, lay one-half mile to your left; the rest of the army, personally led by Lee, was one mile to your right. Between them lay this large, open plateau known as Hazel Grove.

Hazel Grove was the key to the battlefield. Had Hooker strongly defended the plateau, he could have kept the Confederate army divided and defeated it one piece at a time. But the Union leader had lost the will to fight. Before dawn he ordered his troops to evacuate Hazle Grove and fall back toward Chancellorsville, forfeiting what was perhaps his best chance for victory.

"...The battle was still Hooker's, had he fought where he stood. But about dawn he made the fatal mistake of [evacuating Hazel Grove.] There has rarely been a more gratuitous gift of a battle-field."
Col. E. Porter Alexander, CSA
Placed ByFredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 10:56am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 268175 N 4242798
Decimal Degrees38.30335000, -77.65118333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.201', W 77° 39.071'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 12.06" N, 77° 39' 4.26" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 722 Stuart Dr, Spotsylvania VA 22553, US
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