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    Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania

    National Military Park Virginia

Virtual Tour Stop, Chewning Farm

Chewning Farm
On the high plateau in the background of this photo lay the Chewning Farm, another small farm dotting the Wilderness landscape. The farm stood on key ground between General Richard Ewell's Confederates on the Orange Turnpike and General A.P. Hill's Southerners on the Orange Plank Road.
 
Chewning Trail Sign
A dirt lane leads from the parking area to the site of the Chewning House and plateau.
 
Parker Store Road through the Chewning Farm
On the morning of May 5, General Samuel Crawford's Union division followed the Parker's Store Road southwesterly onto the Chewning Plateau. They looked down upon General A.P. Hill's Corps advancing eastward on the Orange Plank Road. Instead of slamming into Hill's column or fortifying this key ground, Crawford's men were recalled to support the attacks on the Orange Turnpike.
 
Interpretive signs on the Chewning Farm
Confederates of A.P. Hill's Corps later occupied the Chewning Plateau, but were soon directed to reinforce Hill's men on the Orange Plank Road. On May 6, General Ambrose Burnside's Corps was ordered to retake this key ground, but were unable to do so.
 

Did You Know?

Todd's Tavern

The Battle of Todd's Tavern was not the largest cavalry battle of the war, but may have been the most important. Confederate horsemen delayed the advance of the Union just long enough so that the Confederate army could win the race to Spotsylvania which extended the war for eleven months.