Chancellorsville (Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park)

Jackson's Monument and Visitor Center

Stonewall Jackson Monument (34K)

Image 1: Stonewall Jackson monument. The Chancellorsville battlefield is as close to a shrine to the Southern Cause as you will find. The main reason for this is the death of Jackson in these woods and the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg two months later. Many who believe that the defeat at Gettysburg sealed the fate of the Confederacy point to Jackson's death as one cause. If Jackson had lived, the theory goes, the South would have won at Gettysburg. This makes the Chancellorsville battlefield all the more poignant.

This marker, located behind the Visitor Center and not far from the road, sits near the point where Jackson's attack stalled on the evening of 2 May 1863, and not far from where he died. On one face of the marker are Jackson's final words: "Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees."

Stonewall Jackson stone marker (39K)

Image 2: Jackson stone marker. After the war, Fitz Hugh Lee, nephew to Robert E. Lee and cavalry general under J. E. B. Stuart at Chancellorsville, had a stone marker placed on the battlefied near where Jackson was shot. This marker was intended to be a long lasting commemoration to Jackson. Many believe, erroneously, that this marker was placed at the spot where Jackson was shot. In fact, no one really knew where he was shot so the marker was placed in the approximate area. A park ranger is believed to have found the spot in 1998, in a clearing off through the woods a bit further to the east.

Grave of the Uknown Union Soldier (43K)

Image 3: Grave of the Unknown Union Soldier. A simple cross marks the grave site of the Unknown Union Soldier, an unknown Federal soldier who represents all the men who died on the side of the Union but were never identified.

Visitor's Center (46K)

Image 4: Visitor's Center. Although the flat stone building is mostly obscured by trees in the early morning sunlight, this picture does give a good representation of the dense woods found in the neighbourhood of the Wilderness, even in what would best be called a clearing. My friend, Michael Skeet, stands in the foreground.

For many, the war is still not over and Chancellorsville represents an almost religious pilgrimage site. While the slide show detailing the battle was presented, some viewers could be heard weeping at the point about Jackson's death.

These photographs were taken with a Nikon F-601 autofocus SLR, using a Nikkor 24mm - 50mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens. The image was captured on Kodak Gold 200 film.