Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan on the Battle of Chancellorsville

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Duration:
2 HOURS
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
in the park

Overview

The purpose of a visit to the Chancellorsville Battlefield is to give students an understanding of the Battle of Chancellorsville and those who played important roles in its outcome. A discussion of the significance of the battle, terrain, plus the wounding and subsequent death of Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson are focus points of the visit.

When the students arrive at the Chancellorsville Visitor Center they will see an orientation program on the Battle of Chancellorsville, view the exhi

Objective(s)

Standards of Learning: Social Studies 5.1, 7.1

THEME

The Battle of Chancellorsville in May 1863, is considered by historians as the greatest victory of the Civil War for General Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy. Outnumbered and nearly surrounded, Lee aggressively moved his troops to the Chancellorsville crossroads to meet the threat posed by General Joseph Hooker and the Union army. The Confederate army successfully turned back this latest northern advance, but unfortunately the battle cost Lee his most important and dependable general, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

OBJECTIVES

  1. List two reasons why the battle of Chancellorsville is called Robert E. Lee's greatest victory of the Civil War.
  2. Identify the opposing commanding generals of each army.
  3. Describe Chancellorsville and identify three reasons why its location was important in the battle.
  4. Explain the circumstances behind General Stonewall Jackson's death.
  5. Identify two landmarks on the battlefield today that remind us of the events that happened here long ago.

Last updated: February 26, 2015