Camera: Chancellorsville

The Battle of Chancellorsville is considered one of Robert E. Lee’s greatest victories in the Civil War. Confederate forces managed to flank the Union in a surprise attack which is frighteningly portrayer in the film “Gods and Generals”. Unfortunately for the Confederates, General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was mortally wounded in the dark by his own men.

Below is the battlefield of the first day of Chancellorsville:

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Below is the Catharine Furnace. It was the proprietor of this location who told General Jackson about a new forest road, which was then used to surprise the Union flank. To give you an idea of how much the land has changed since the Civil War, the furnace “chimney” below was on top of a small building; now the chimney is all you can see!

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Here is where Jackson’s troops attacked the Union flank. Union soldiers were camped out here, when a bunch of woodland creatures ran out of the forest. Those animals were closely followed by 30,000 Confederate soldiers, screaming the famous Rebel yell.

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This is the approximate location of Jackson’s wounding. He was returning to his men in the dark, and his lookouts thought he was a Union officer, as he was coming from that direction. He was taken to the guesthouse of Chandler plantation in Guinea Station, where he contracted pneumonia and died on May 10.

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This monument to General Jackson was later erected by the Confederate veterans near the site of Jackson’s wounding:

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All that remains of the Chandler Plantation is the guesthouse in which General Jackson died. It’s a beautiful area, but this was the saddest historic site I have visited. Upon entering the little house, I was overwhelmed by a weight of sadness. Everyone inside was very quiet, and it felt as though the house itself still mourned. It was quite a unique experience. The room in which Jackson died, still has the original bedframe, blanket, and clock.

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