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155th Anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville

By Rebecca Price Janney, May 2 2018 12:36PM

At the Battle of Chancellorsville, April 30-May 6, 1863, some 97,000 Union and 57,000 Confederate troops clashed in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Although the South triumphed over General Joseph Hooker and his men, the loss of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson came as a terrible blow to the South.

Five years ago, Scott and I took David for the 150th commemoration because Scott’s great great grandfather, James Alexander Black, fought in the Stonewall Brigade, and my relative, Israel Kocher, served with the PA 153rd Regiment. Unfortunately, Scott’s ancestor died in the battle. David asked us which color cap he should be wearing, blue or gray. We told him to honor both of his ancestors; when he’s south of the Mason-Dixon Line, wear gray, and when he’s north, wear blue.

When it comes to the Civil War, do you come from a “mixed marriage?”

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