"JACKSON"S MOVE" Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park Things to Do Tip by mtncorg
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Head south from the Chancellorsville Inn site across VA 3 -the old Orange Turnpike and today's Plank Road - and turn left on a small road named Furnace Road. At the turnoff is where Robert Lee and Stonewall Jackson met to discuss the findings of Lee's cavalry commander, J.E.B. Stuart: The right wing of Hooker was in the air, meaning that the Union lines just faded out into the trees, completely vulnerable to attack, if you could get enough men there and if you could get them there undetected. Lee asked Jackson how many men he could take to flank the Federals and Jackson replied that he would take his entire corps of 28000. This undertaking was possible because a road was discovered that would take Jackson's corps - undetected for the most part by the dense forests -completely around the Union lines and allow them to punish the Union right. You can actually drive on the road that Jackson's men took to get around through the dense Wilderness. The road is a bit wider today. On the first part of the road you pass a monument to Matthew Maury, one of the greatest American naval scientists, who was started his life here in the middle of the Wilderness. As a naval scientist before the War, he is best known for two books: Wind and Current Chart of the North Atlantic and Sailing Directions and Physical Geography of the Seas and Its Meteorology which remain standards to this day. These observations led to dramatic changes in trade routes throughout the World and dramatically cut the times it to to voyage across the oceans. He served Virginia during the War as a Naval officer spending much time in Europe trying to gain recognition for the Confederacy and trying to supply the Rebel navy with ships. After the War, he taught at VMI in Lexington, Va, the school just across the parade ground from where Robert Lee was president at - Washington & Lee.
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