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Chancellorsville: 158 Years Ago

Battle of Chancellorsville - 158th Anniversary

May 1-4, 1863 were "fighting days" during the Chancellorsville Campaign with troops clashing in the wilderness around the crossroads and at Marye's Heights and Salem Church. Accounts from the battle have become legendary in military history: Lee's decision to divide his army, Jackson's flank attack, Sedgwick's capture of Marye's Heights, the charge of 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry (see article on page 11), and other stories. The battle has been called "Lee's greatest victory" since that general tactically and strategically turned back Union General Hooker's army. However, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia never recovered from the losses at Chancellorsville.

Today, to begin the month of May and t0 remember the Chancellorsville anniversary, we're sharing some preservation reminders, a new video about Jackson's flank attack, and a battlefield tour! Thank you for your interest and support of battlefield preservation in Central Virginia.


"The Greatest Move Of The War"

CVBT's newest history video uses descriptions about the Battle of Chancellorsville and Jackson's Flank attack from John O. Casler's book Four Years with the Stonewall Brigade.


In The Chancellorsville Trenches with Chris Mackowski

Last year Chris Mackowski (CVBT Board Member) created a special tour at Chancellorsville battlefield based on the classic novel The Red Badge of Courage. It's a great opportunity to virtually see particular areas of the Federal lines around Chancellorsville.


Preserving Chancellorsville Battlefield

First Day Battlefield at Chancellorsvile (Bierle, 2020)

Central Virginia Battlefields Trust's second battlefield save was McLaws Wedge at Chancellorsville in 1998. That 99 acres at McLaws Wedge was just the beginning. In CVBT's 25-year history of preserving hallowed ground piecing together parts of the Flank Attack land and working with American Battlefield Trust to preserve the First Day battlefield have been particular highlights! Learn more...


Parting Shot


Central Virginia Battlefields Trust's mission is to preserve, protect, and educate about Civil War hallowed ground at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House.

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