Lee and Jackson at Chancellorsville: An Insider’s Walking Tour led by ROBERT K. KRICK, April 27-29
We are pleased to announce a comprehensive tour of Chancellorsville! And leading it will be the Chancellorsville expert Bob Krick, who was responsible for the battlefield site for more than thirty years. This tour should greatly please those who have never toured Chancellorsville, as well as those who have been there even many times before - because Krick brings the most to the table.
The campaign that unfolded in the thickets west of Fredericksburg at the beginning of May 1863 presented the greatest challenge to the legendary collaboration of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The two Confederate leaders took on the heaviest odds that their army ever encountered, and also faced a tremendous disadvantage of ground as a result of skillful opening moves by their opponent, General Joseph Hooker. The dazzling triumph that Lee and Jackson won at Chancellorsville aptly has been called “Lee’s Greatest Victory.” We will spend two days following the troops of both sides in their operations during this pivotal campaign, walking on the historic ground and reliving the dramatic experiences of 1863.
During the tour we will follow the route of Lee’s main column as it headed toward Chancellorsville to block the Federal threat posed by Hooker’s turning movement. Our first stop on Friday will be the Zoan Church ridge where the Federal advance toward Lee’s rear ran into the newly arrived Stonewall Jackson and came to a halt. We will retrace the advance by Jackson westward, as he pushed the Federals back toward the Chancellorsville intersection. Then, we will stop in the midst of the May 1, 1863 battlefield, on land recently saved by the joint preservation efforts of all of us. Our next stop will be at the point where the Confederate pursuit on May 1 halted on a commanding ridge line perpendicular to the Plank Road. There Lee spent most of the next day, feinting against Hooker to keep his attention riveted while Stonewall Jackson went around the enemy on his famous flank march. We will walk across the 100-acre field where Lee’s skirmishers spent May 2 bewildering Joe Hooker.
We will proceed to Ely’s Ford, where much of the Federal army crossed the Rapidan River at the opening of the campaign, and where Confederate cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart was operating late on May 2 when word reached him that he was needed far to the south to take command of Jackson’s corps. We will continue on to the country crossroads where Lee and Jackson met for the last time, and hatched their phenomenal plan for marching across the front of Hooker’s army and into its rear.
Lunch on Friday will be at the battlefield visitor center, built almost atop the spot where Jackson fell mortally wounded on the evening of May 2, 1863. We will then drive back to the launching point of Jackson’s famous flank march, and ride the first two miles of that route, stopping near the birthplace of the great scientist and naval officer, Matthew Fontaine Maury, where Jackson’s column first came under view of the enemy. Another mile beyond the Maury site stand the ruins of Catharine Furnace, an 1830’s iron manufactory and a landmark on Jackson’s route. We will hike the first mile of Jackson’s route, pausing at three historic points along the way. (You are welcome to hitch a ride in our support vehicle at any point during this trek). By day’s end, we will have carried Jackson to the launching point of his attack.
On Saturday morning we will pick up Jackson’s story at the point where he launched his greatest attack. Because three sizable farms in the midst of the flank attack have recently been preserved, we will be able to walk over the ground to a far greater extent than tour groups had in the past, and we will visit a site from which a panoramic view spreads across the entire action. Our tour leader will tell us this dramatic story in considerable detail.
We will then visit the site of Jackson’s mortal wounding at the high point of the May 2, 1863 attack, and discuss what happened on that dark, smoky night in the Wilderness. The critical position on the battlefield on May 3, 1863 was Hazel Grove, an open hilltop ideally suited for artillery. We will visit Hazel Grove and then walk through the pasture that separates it from the Federal artillery strong point at Fairview, and cover the ground above which raged one of the most notable artillery duels of the war.
After lunch on the grounds of Ellwood (built 1790), where Jackson’s arm is buried, we will visit the site of the Chancellorsville Inn and the climax of the battle. A mile north, we will walk into the woods at the point where Hooker constructed tremendous earthworks to protect his army, a complex known as “Hooker’s Apex.”
This tour will sell out quickly so we encourage you to enroll now to join Bob Krick for this exciting tour of Lee and Jackson's last victory together.
Registration Fee, includes 2 Lunches-: $325.
If You Must Cancel we will refund 100% of your fees paid within 30 days of your notice.
What is included in your registration:
· The services of an expert historian chosen for his knowledge and experience
· Transportation to all sites as described
· Friday & Saturday lunches
· Refreshments and snacks during the tour
Lodging: We will be based at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel & Conference Center, 2801 Plank Road (Route 3), Fredericksburg, VA 22401 where we have reserved a block of rooms for our attendees at the special nightly rate of $95.00 Single or Double Occupancy. This rate includes up to two breakfast tickets per room per night. To reserve a room under our block call 540-786-8321 and identify yourself as a registrant for the CWEA tour.
Thursday, April 27
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Welcome and Overview - Fredericksburg Hospitality House
Friday, April 28
8:15 AM Bus Departs from Fredericksburg Hospitality House
4:30 PM Arrive Back at Fredericksburg Hospitality House
Saturday, April 29
8:15 AM Bus Departs and Continue Tour
4:15 PM Arrive Back at Fredericksburg Hospitality House
We will be based at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel & Conference Center, 2801 Plank Road (Route 3), Fredericksburg, VA 22401 where we have reserved a block of rooms for our attendees at the special nightly rate of $95.00 Single or Double Occupancy. This rate includes up to two breakfast tickets per room per night. To reserve a room under our block call 540-786-8321 and identify yourself as a registrant for the CWEA tour.