Showing results for "Chancellorsville"

Saving History Saturday: Jackson’s Flank Attack at Chancellorsville

Around 6:00 p.m. on May 2, 1863, Maj. Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, commander of the Union XI heard the sounds of firing on his picket line, followed by wild animals rushing through his headquarters area at Dowdall’s Tavern. Moments later Confederate soldiers came rushing out of the woods, slamming into the suspecting XI Corps. Maj. […]

Read more...

More than Just Jackson: The Army of Northern Virginia’s Casualties in the Officer Corps at Chancellorsville

Stonewall Jackson died on May 10, 1863. Ever since, his loss has been held up as a key factor in why the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was never the same. “If only Jackson…” begins many counter-factuals. In the wake of Jackson’s death, Chancellorsville has been presented as one of the ultimate pyrrhic victories—Robert E. […]

Read more...

The Absalom McGee Family: “Our Farm Adjoining Chancellorsville”

Part 1 Several households of McGees lived on near Chancellorsville and saw their land turned into battlefield on May 1, 1863. The Absalom McGee Family lived a little more than a mile east of the Chancellor Crossroads. They owned 100 acres, some cleared as farm fields and some still wooded. Thanks to the details recorded […]

Read more...

Was it really Chancellorsville? Exploring Details in The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane is a work of classic fiction, exploring universal themes of humanity, violence, war, and the growth of courage. One of the brilliant things about the story is the lack of details—meaning that while the story is clearly set during the American Civil War, Crane never tells readers […]

Read more...

Saving History Saturday: CVBT Announces Preservation of the Beckham Tract at Chancellorsville

It’s the opportunity to finish part of a preservation puzzle and save an artillery position from Jackson’s Flank Attack! For years, Central Virginia Battlefields Trust has been working to save land from Jackson’s Flank Attack at the Chancellorsville Battlefield. In triangular corner of historic Orange Plank Road and the historic Orange Turnpike (modern Route 3), […]

Read more...

Sharpshooters at Chancellorsville

ECW welcome guest author T. J. Bradley…. “Sharpshooter” tends to be a word that grabs a Civil War enthusiast’s attention. Thoughts are conjured of green coats and leather gaiters, Whitworth rifles, and the ability to hit elephants at a given distance. Perhaps we even think of the movie Gettysburg and a Confederate soldier with a […]

Read more...

Called Out For “The Men Not To Fire” At Chancellorsville

Dark night. A general on a scouting expedition out in front of the lines. Moonlight and dense woods. A call for troops not to fire. What Civil War account comes most quickly to mind? Probably “Stonewall” Jackson at Chancellorsville. However, according to an excerpt from a lengthy letter written on May 9, 1863, and detailing […]

Read more...

In the Footsteps of the 130th Pennsylvania at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville

The 130th Pennsylvania Infantry mustered in for a nine-month term, serving from August 1862 to May 1863. During this comparatively brief time, they fought in some of the war’s bloodiest battles. In a previous post, I followed in the footsteps of my ancestor, Jacob Reever, and the 130th Pennsylvania during the battle of Antietam. After […]

Read more...

ECW Weekender: Chancellorsville and ChickChatt

This weekend marks the anniversary of the 1863 battle of Chancellorsville. Folks who visited the battlefield last summer and over the winter discovered that the Chancellorsville Visitor Center (CVC) was closed—not because of COVID but because the plumbing was out. Fortunately, NPS staff members were still available on site to answer questions and orient visitors. […]

Read more...