Chancellorsville is considered the greatest victory of General Robert E. Lee’s career. Outnumbered more than two to one and outmaneuvered in the early stages of the battle, Lee, by daring and confidence in his troops, succeeded in throwing the Union army back across the Rappahannock River.
Start your visit at the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center, where exhibits and a 20-minute film explain the battle. Outside the visitor is a short trail that leads to a monument marking the approximate location of General “Stonewall” Jackson’s fateful wounding on the night of May 2nd. Free, guided tours describing the circumstances surrounding Jackson’s wounding are available during the summer months.
After viewing the monument, get in your car and follow the park driving tour route past the Lee-Jackson Bivouac Site, the Catharine Furnace, Fairview, and other points of interest on the battlefield. Military enthusiasts may wish to extend their tour by taking the Jackson Trail, a gravel road that follows the route of Jackson’s May 2nd flank march.