Battles of Chancellorsville and the Wilderness
May 1-3, 1863 and May 5-6, 1864
Just west of Fredericksburg, Virginia, lay a vast expanse of tangled thickets and woodlands known as the Wilderness. In May of 1863 and 1864, this second growth forest was the scene of horrific slaughter as the conflagration of the Civil War consumed this region in two of the war’s bloodiest conflicts: the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863 and the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. More than 61,000 Americans became casualties during these battles, including Stonewall Jackson, who delivered his military masterpiece in the fighting at Chancellorsville.