CIVIL WAR JOURNEYS
Chancellorsville: Lee’s Greatest Victory
Featuring Highly Regarded Civil War Historians:
-Robert K. Krick -Erik Nelson -Frank O’Reilly
Headquarters for this tour of the Chancellorsville Campaign will be at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House & Conference Center located at 2801 Plank Road Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Telephone 540-786-8321 Civil War Journeys has secured a block of rooms for tour participants at $99 per night plus applicable taxes.
This three-day program will start Thursday evening September 26 at Fredericksburg Hospitality House with a lecture featuring the distinguished Civil War historian Frank O’Reilly. His talk will focus on the two armies on the eve of the Chancellorsville campaign. O’Reilly’s address, “‘A Host Within Himself’: Stonewall as a Leader,” will reflect upon Jackson’s unparalleled mastery of the operational art of war. He is the author of Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg(1993). [O’Reilly lecture on the death of Stonewall Jackson]
On Friday we will follow acclaimed Civil War historian and noted authority on Stonewall Jackson Robert K. Krick to sites associated with the opening of the Battle of Chancellorsville. We will visit the scene of the crossing of the Rapidan at Ely’s Ford and follow Gen. Meade’s Fifth Corps and the initial clash of arms near Zoan Church on the Orange Turnpike. We will also stop at the intersection of Furnace Road and the Orange Plank Road – the scene of the last meeting between Lee and Jackson. After a box lunch at the Chancellorsville Visitor’s Center we will follow the route of Jackson’s May 2 flank march and subsequent attack of the Union Eleventh Corps. [Bob Krick lecture on Jackson’s flank march YouTube video]
On Saturday, again with Bob Krick as our guide we will follow the route of Jackson’s ambulance from Ellwood, where Jackson’s arm was buried – to Guinea Station and the Chandler plantation where the general died on May 10, 1863. After lunch in Chancellorsville visitor’s center we will devote the rest of the day to the May 3 fighting with stops at Hazel Grove, Fairview, Hooker’s last line and finish the day at the site of Hooker’s field headquarters.
On Sunday, local historian Erik Nelson (author of the special Blue & Gray issue “East of Chancellorsville” which examined the action at Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church) will lead our group as we examine the fighting in Fredericksburg and the Sixth Corps assault along the famous Sunken Road. We will also visit the White Oak Museum and view Fredericksburg from Chatham the Lacy home which overlooks the Rappahannock River. After a box lunch at the Fredericksburg Visitor’s Center we will devote the afternoon to the action at Salem Church and make several stops to interpret the May 4 fighting at Banks’ Ford. In addition to all of this we will visit the National Cemetery and several sites outside of the National Park which are significant in telling the Chancellorsville story. We will return to the Fredericksburg Hospitality House on Sunday afternoon at 5PM.