Exhibit renovations at Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center
The exhibits and film at Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center are closed due to renovation work. We expect to reopen with new exhibits in the spring of 2014. The bookstore and visitor center at Chancellorsville are open daily.
Chancellorsville Visitor Center Closed Beginning Dec. 23
The Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center will be closed for renovation work beginning December 23 and lasting for up to 6 weeks. During this time, we strongly recommend that visitors begin at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center.
During the long, cold winter of 1863, General Joseph Hooker had a long time to develop a plan for the spring campaign. On April 27, he put the infantry portion of the plan in motion by sending the Fifth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Corps west to cross the Rappahannock River at Kelly's Ford.
On the evening of April 28, Union forces splashed across the Rappahannock River at Kelly's Ford to establish a bridgehead. During the night a pontoon bridge was constructed across the river and three Union corps crossed the bridge. What had proved so difficult for General Burnside during the Fredericksburg Campaign, had been accomplished quickly and efficiently by General Hooker. Hooker then divided this force by sending the Eleventh and Twelfth Corps to cross the Rapidan River at Germanna Ford and the Fifth Corps to cross the Rapidan at Ely's Ford.
Did You Know?
Chancellorsville is Lee's greatest victory, but also a Pyrrhic victory. After the battle Lee was very depressed. His army gained no ground, his army lost a much higher percent, his army failed to achieve their objective (destruction of the Union army) and they lost Stonewall Jackson.