On May 3, 4, and 5, the Spotsylvania Volunteer Rescue Squad had huge success in aiding the visitors, citizens, and re-enactors of the Battle of Chancellorsville Reenactment. The squad staffed one BLS truck, a second ALS truck, and two bike units, along with a much used and needed Aid Station.
The Battle of Chancellorsville served as a turning point in the war, with General Robert E Lee commanding 60,000 men of the Northern Virginia Army, facing Maj. General Joseph Hookers 130,000 men of the XI Corps. Lee traversed through the woods and fields of Chancellorsville, pressing Hooker and his men back across the Rappahannock. This battle served as the bloodiest battle of the time, with over 30,000 casualties in seven days. Lee's victory at Chancellorsville is widely considered to be his greatest of the entire Civil War.
In time period uniforms were our very own David Beachboard, portraying a confederate private as the Generals Aid, and Robert Hayden portraying General Robert E Lee. Both men actively participated in the reenactment on Saturday, while on Sunday, both stayed in period uniform while staffing one of the ambulances. After the event, both David and Robert were invited to join the Commanding General of the Confederate Army and his Command Staff for dinner in his quarters.
SVRS was joined by the Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department, and Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue, to keep the residents of Spotsylvania and visitors of this event safe. A hearty round of applause to all the re-enactors, county staff, and everyone else, who helped to make the event a rousing success. A special thanks to John Pearce, David Beachboard, Charlie Duckett, Joseph Faulk, Estevan Gomez III, Robert Hayden, John Tenda, Jim Lehnert, Bill Tosick, Belinda Tiedt, and Richard Kaye III, for giving up all or part of their weekend to help out.