"HAZEL GROVE-FAIRVIEW" Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park Things to Do Tip by mtncorg
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After Jackson's attack late on the day of May 2, Confederate artillery was placed here on the little hill of Hazel Grove, giving them a nice shot at Federal positions opposite on Fairview. Over 30 cannons on both sides dueled away in the morning with the Rebels slowly prevailing. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, who had taken over from the wounded Jackson, sent brigade after brigade into the Union positions in some of the bloodiest fighting of the Battle. A trail will take you from Hazel Dell, over to the Union positions at Fairview. You can share the pastures today with the occasional deer who roam through the Park. Up on Fairview, you can see some of the revetments behind which the cannons fired from and look back at Hazel Dell from the Federal side. A small monument in the woods on the left of Fairview is dedicated to the 27th Indiana Regiment who was in the thick of things here. This regiment is famous for having been the regiment that found Lee's Lost Orders which gave McClellan the chance to smash the Rebels a year earlier. That he frittered his chance away, was no fault of the men of the 27th Indiana who fought hard in the Cornfield there losing 50% casualties. Another 30% would be lost on Culp's Hill at Gettysburg. Here, during the heavy action, their commander, Silas Colgrove, after finding a couple abandoned cannons on the field, shouted to his son, the regiment's major, "Here, boy, you run the regiment while run this here gun!"
The fall of the Fairview position gave the Rebel artillery a close up shot at the Federal position across the next field at the Chancellorsville Inn, which soon thereafter fell.
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