By Carl Smith

Osprey's exam of the conflict of Chancellorsville (1863) of the yankee Civil struggle (1861-1865). Following the debacle of the conflict of Fredricksburg in December 1862, Burnside was once changed as commander of the military of the Potomac by means of normal Joseph Hooker. Having reorganised the military and enhanced morale, he deliberate an assault that will take his military to Richmond and finish the battle. even though confronted via a military two times his measurement, the accomplice commander Robert E. Lee break up his forces: Jubal Early used to be left to carry off Sedgwick's Fredericksburg assault, and 'Stonewall' Jackson was once despatched with 26,000 males in a large envelopment round Hooker's correct flank. This name information how at nightfall on could 2, Jackson's males crashed into the Federal correct flank, and the way stiffening Federal resistance slowed the accomplice increase the subsequent day.

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Many were captured; some escaped; and many died. B. Stuart and kept him from immediately joining Lee a few miles away. At dawn on 1 May Lee and Jackson surveyed the Federals across the river. Lee went over despatches, trying to fathom Hooker's plan, and then eyed Sedgwick's barely active troops. When the attack came, it would not be from these men. He told Jackson, "The... attack will come from above," meaning from the troops which were camped at Chancellorsville. Lee wired Jefferson Davis, informing him of what he supposed Hooker's plans were.

Hulings (285) 95th Pennsylvania - Col. Gustavus W. Town (465) 119th Pennsylvania - Col. Peter C. Ellmaker (530) ARTILLERY Maj. John A. Thompkins (474) Staff: 2 A/1st Massachusetts Light Arty - Capt. William H. McCartney (137) (6/12N) A/New Jersey Light Arty - 1st Lt. Augustin N. Parsons (99) (6/10P) A/1st Maryland Light Arty - Capt. James H. Rigby (109) (6/3R) D/2nd US Arty - 1 st Lt. Edward B. Gen. Albion P. Gen. Romeyn B. Ayres (1,454) Staff: 2 B,C,F,G,l,K/3rd US Inf. - Capt. John D. Wilkins (309) C,F,H,K/4th US Inf.

Thus began Hooker's defeat. By the end of the day the Army of the Potomac had more or less resumed its original position from that morning. This thicket-choked countryside spread out briefly at the crossroads. West of Chancellorsville lay the northern branch of the thick and dark Spotsylvania Wilderness. To the north lay the rivers; to the east, Fredericksburg. To the east and south Confederates pressed west and northwest respectively. Nothing had really changed since the morning, or had it? Hooker's army felt secure, but unhappy.

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