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You are holding the lanyard to the 12 lb Napoleon cannon in front of you. The Federals are digging in about at the treeline you see in the distance the morning after Jackson's flank attack on the Federals at Chancelorsville. The Confederates massed about 30 guns on this hill and bombarded the Federal position with one of the most effective Confederate artillery bombardments of the war.

Artillery park.

After his succsusful attack on the Federal flank at Chancelorsville, Confederate General Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson rode forward in an attempt to locate the Federal lines in anticipation of a night attack. Due to the confusion of battle, he got forward of his own lines, and was shot by his own men as he tried to cross back through the Confederate lines.

Jackson died about a week later from pneumonia, brought on by his wounds. This marker rests on the site where he fell.

The inscription reads.
"There is Jackson, standing like a stone wall."
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Ok, these two didn't come on a bike trip but I thought I'd include them anyway.

In this house, at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, Robert E. Lee, commanding the Army of Northern Virginia (CSA), surrendered to U.S. Grant, commanding the Army of the Potomac (US). For all intents and purposes, the American Civil War, ended here. The house was owned by Mr. Wilmer McClean. (Actually the house is a recreation.)

We found this little cemetary, just outside of the village of Appomattox Court House, and stopped for a picnic lunch. There are a dozen or so men buried here, who fell in the last battle as Lee tried to break out. One of them, had enlisted in the Confederate Army just after Fort Sumpter, and fought through 1460 some odd days with the Army of Northern Virginia, only to die in the last 72 hours of the war.
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