Sacred Ground 31

We paid our respects to General Jackson by me putting a small Confederate flag under the window of the room where had died.

We got in the car again and drove west. The road came right to the Interstate and we were close to our motel. We ask where a good place to eat was located and they sent us back on the road we had traversed to a wonderful restaurant. We were starved and ate heartily.

Collapsing in a very comfortable bed, we were asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillows. We both had a restful night and got up refreshed on Friday, May 27, 1994. We ate a continental breakfast at the motel and headed toward Chancellorsville.

reenactor Pat Falci, General AP Hill

Reenactor Pat Falci portraying Gen. A.P. Hill who succeeded Stonewall Jackson as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia’s Third Corps

We had gotten a Chancellorsville map at the Visitor’s Center when we first arrived in Fredericksburg so we knew where to go. It was only about 10 miles to the battlefield from our motel.

We toured the whole area. We even drove the present day grave road that was a dirt road in 1863 and used by Stonewall on his famous flanking move that completely unhinged the Union XI Corps. There was quite a skedaddle by the Union soldiers.

We read many historical markers. We even found the secluded stone marker that supposedly was where Stonewall was wounded and also a stone obelisk commemorating him.

We ate lunch near the battlefield and looked over the part of the battlefield we hadn’t covered. Chancellorsville is considered Lee’s Masterpiece. He did the unconventional thing by splitting his army before a superior force, out maneuvered his foe, and then hit an unsuspecting enemy in the flank. His battle plan has been studied by armies all over the world.

We went back to the motel in the early afternoon, rested, ate at a restaurant near the motel and called it a night.

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About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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