Chancellorsville (Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park)

Marye's Heights and the Sunken Road

Sunken Road wall, south end (41K)

Image 1: Sunken road, south end. This photograph looks south along the sunken road, at the base of Marye's Heights just west of the Visitor's Center. This is a reconstruction of the original wall. The original wall was higher and had dirt and turf built up along its eastern side, thus it was difficult to tell that a wall even existed here. Note that neither the modern paved road nor the crushed gravel walkway are sunken. The original road, therefore, was better protected. It was along this area that 6 successive Union assaults were broken.

Sunken Road wall, north end(30K)

Image 2: The wall of the sunken road, looking south, at the north end of the wall. The actual wall extended further north than this, and today there is still a small portion of the original wall beyond this point. This section of the wall is at the base of Marye's Heights near Marye House.

Marye's Heights, looking east (43K)

Image 3: Marye's Heights, looking north. This is the view from above the sunken road, which can be seen in the middle of the picture. The building in the background on the right is the bookstore. The parking lot is behind the Visitor's Center (off the picture on the right).

The Federal assault on the Heights by Sedgwick's Corps during the Battle of Chancellorsville took place in this area. Newton's Brigade assaulted the Confederates along the stone wall, eventually taking it. This position overlooked the left side of Newton's Brigade. Howe's Brigade of Sedgwick's Corps assaulted from off to the right of the picture.

Marye House (43K)

Image 4: Marye House. Located near the north end of the hill known as Marye's Heights, the mansion overlooked the north end of the sunken road. The mansion, known as "Brompton", looks much as it did at the time of the battle. It was owned by J. L. Marye (pronounced "Marie"), giving the heights its name.

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.