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Chancellorsville (Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park)

Maury Monument

Matthew Fontaine Maury marker (42K)

Image 1: Maury birthsite marker, on the route Jackson took around Union forces.

This marker has nothing to do with the battle, but the man for whom it was placed is interesting nonetheless. Matthew Fontaine Maury was born near the site of this marker in 1806. He entered the US Navy and sailed throughout the world. He developed a system of recording oceanographic data that was adopted as the international standard still used today. He also wrote papers on meteorology and navy reform. After Virginia left the Union, he resigned from the navy and accepted a position as commander of the Confederate Navy. His international fame allowed him to procure some ships for the navy from Britain. He was also an early experimenter with electrical mines. After the war he taught meteorology at the Virginia Military Institute. He died on February 1, 1873 after a lengthy illness. He is buried in Richmond, Virginia.

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.