Stonewall Jackson Shrine

12019 Stonewall Jackson Road, Woodford, Virginia

The Stonewall Jackson Shrine is approximately 14 miles from the Fredericksburg Visitor Center.

Stonewall Jackson Shrine MarkerWar Comes to Fairfield

War brought profound changes to the Chandler family, Fairfield, and the slaves who toiled on the plantation.  Three of Thomas Chandler’s sons enlisted in the Confederate army.  When the Union army occupied Fredericksburg in 1862 many of Chandler’s  slaves seized freedom, leaving the family without its customary workforce.

In December 1862 the Confederates established a major supply depot at Guinea Station, just a few hundred yards from Fairfield’s back door. Camps sprawled across the plantation.  Stonewall Jackson himself camped here for a week, declining Chandler’s offer to stay in the house.  Instead he pitched a tent nearby.

By 1863 Chandler had had enough: he sold Fairfield.  But before the Chandlers could move away, Fairfield’s most famous visitor would return yet again — this time not to camp but to die.  Jackson’s death here propelled the plantation to a fame it had never known.

Other Park Service markers at the Stonewall Jackson Shrine – click on any of the thumbnails to view the full readable image.

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Stonewall Jackson Shrine Gallery

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