A Video Tour of Jackson’s Flank March

I had initially planned to hike the route of Jackson’s flank march today (May 2) to commemorate its 157th anniversary. I ended up taking my camera instead so that I could–at least virtually–take you on the flank march route with me. The result, for those of you trapped in lock-down and pining for a little time on the battlefield, was a video tour of the flank march. I had a lot of fun making it, and I hope you’ll have a lot of watching it.

If you’re looking for a little about Stonewall Jackson’s wounding, you can watch this video from the wounding site on the ECW YouTube page.

And, of course, there are certainly folks wondering, “If Stonewall hadn’t gotten shot….” I tackled that topic in a pair of posts back in 2011. (They remain among my favorite posts ever.) I’m a huge admirer of Jackson, but I do think his accidental wounding at the hands of his own men may have been the best thing to happen for Robert E. Lee during the battle of Chancellorsville.

8 Responses to A Video Tour of Jackson’s Flank March

  1. Chris
    I’ve done the flank march with a professional guide so your video brings back good memories. You have done a fantastic job here telling the story, showing the sights, lots of anecdotal detail, and humor. I’m looking forward to watching your video of the attack itself.
    Thank you
    Laurie Woodruff
    Essential Civil War Curriculum

  2. Chris you should have. I walked the entire route all the way to the Visitors center, there were about 10 reenactors to include 2 park employees (dont know if they are rangers) who walked most of the route.

  3. Great video, Those reenactors you caught at the beginning were the ones that I walked with in the morning, those were their cars and my Blue F-150 was in the picture for a sec LOL

  4. Great video Chris. I remember driving the march route back in 1996 and thinking how long it was even to drive. It helps one understand why the flank attack had to be made so late in the day. I really enjoyed this.

  5. on a tour in 2004, the guide took us slightly off the road onto a 5-foot wide track that was part of the 1863 road. it was very narrow, as a wagon road was at the time.

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