2nd Manassas - Aug. 1862
The Battle of Chancellorsville - May 1st to May 5th, 1863
The Stately Chancellor Manor

Chancellorsville on May 1, 1863

Chancellorsville Chancellor House Remains

A few bricks outlining the old foundation and steps leading to what had been the entrance are all that remain of the Chancellor House, the once proud building that gave this battle its name. Surrendering the initiative after successfully maneuvering around the Confederate Army, the Federals retreated to a defensive position along this line on Day 1. Union Major General Joseph Hooker, took this once stately home as his Headquarters, then saw it battered into ruin on May 3, 1863 when Confederate guns blasted the Union center. Southern artillery fire from Fairview, a rise a short distance to the south west, spelled the end for the stately brick inn. One shell struck a column against which the Commanding General was leaning, causing a possible concussion and temporary confusion. For some time afterwards, General Hooker remained unable to direct the battle.

Chancellorsville Chancellor House RemainsAt battle's end, despite being pushed back across the river to their former lines, General Hooker issued this congratulatory statement to the Army of the Potomac. "The major-general commanding tenders to this army his congratulations on its achievements of the last seven days. If it has not accomplished all that was expected, the reasons are well known to the army. It is sufficient to say they were of a character not to be foreseen or prevented by human sagacity or resource...We have no other regret than that caused by the loss of our brave companions, and in this we are consoled by the conviction that they have fallen in the holiest cause ever submitted to the arbitrament of battle." [5]

Union troops at Chancellorsville May 1864