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Witness a one-of-a-kind event at Chancellorsville

Join National Park Service officials Sunday at Chancellorsville they accept the Medal of Honor awarded to Pvt. John F. Chase of the 5th Maine, Battery E.

Chase was awarded the medal for his heroic actions during the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863.

Chase’s great-grandson, who is traveling to Virginia from Texas for the occasion, will present the rare medal to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park at 1 p.m at the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center.

Shortly after the ceremony, a park historian will lead a guided walking tour across the ground at Chancellor House where Pvt. Chase fought so courageously.

Sunday’s event is free to the public.