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NPS Rocks Photo Coverage of Battle of Chancellorsville 150th

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MORE: See our special section on the Chancellorsville 150th Anniversary

The social media team under the National Park Service’s Washington Office has been tearing it up photographically each and every day of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville.

These folks are really pushing it to get great candid shots while touring with the visiting public and working with re-enactors, ducking beneath tree branches, plunging through undergrowth, and trying to be unobtrusive so visitors have a good experience.

My hat is off to them, as someone who has loved photojournalism since 1977.

You’ll find the team’s first 16 photo albums from the battle’s anniversary here.

And the latest from the Fredericksburg area’s national park here.

Top: Commemorating a historic moment of the Battle of Chancellorsville, Ranger Beth Parnicza and Historian Frank O’Reilly made history while leading “Danger in the Dark Woods: Jackson’s Flank Attack,” the first-ever walk of the entire route of Stonewall Jackson’s famous maneuver.

Bottom: Visitors consult their handouts as NPS Volunteer Brad Gerstbrien describes the details of the organization of artillery in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.


  • Jennifer Boothe Murray

    I’m looking for photos from the luminary ceremony that took place Saturday night… My husband was photographed kneeling at the grave of a soldier from the 18th NC… Any help is greatly appreciated

  • Clint Schemmer

    To my regret, The Free Lance-Star did not have a photographer at the luminaria ceremony in Fredericksdburg Confederate Cemetery. The United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter here, which maintains the cemetery, may have an idea about who the photographer was. Would you like contact information for the chapter?