The Campaign of Chancellorsville

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Da Capo Press, 1999 - History - 278 pages
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The clash at Chancellorsville in 1863 was both an unexpected and resounding Union defeat and a bold, brilliantly executed Confederate victory. It was also an enormously complex ten-day campaign, marked by intricate maneuvering and convoluted high-command decisions that continue to defy easy analysis. At its conclusion, General Joseph Hooker, the confident commander of the Army of the Potomac, was in disgrace, while Confederate General Robert E. Lee had won a decisive victory but at an exorbitant price: the irreplaceable loss of "Stonewall" Jackson, killed by friendly fire.

At age nineteen Theodore Ayrault Dodge volunteered for the Union cause. As part of the Eleventh Corps -- surprised and routed by "Stonewall" Jackson's celebrated flank attack -- he participated in the battle's fiercest and costliest fighting. (Dodge would later lose a leg at Gettysburg.) This second 1886 edition of his classic study, first published in 1881, is marked by Dodge's unsparing analysis and astute interpretations, which have retained their value and vigor for over a century.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Condition of the Combatants
7
HOOKEB AND THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC
12
The Abmy of Northern Viboinia
18
DIFFICULTY OF AN ATTACK
23
The proposed Cavalby Raid
26
The Feist by the Left Wing
32
Lkes Information and Movements
40
Hookebs Pabby
107
The Midnight Attack
113
Stonewall Jackbon
118
Position at Fairvibw
125
The Fight at Fairyiew 132
132
The Left Centbe
147
Tee New Lines
151
Sundays Miscarriage
154

Hookers Advance Friday
44
Position at Chanceelorsvillb
56
Jacksons Mabch and Sickdess Advance
62
Hookers Theories and Chances
74
Position of the Eleventh Corps
84
Situation at Six Oclock
88
Jacksons Attack
92
Conduct of the Eleventh Cobps
100
Sedgwicks Change of Obbeks
163
marches towaed Hooker
184
187 XXX Sedgwick in Difficulty
192
XXXf Sedgwick withdraws
201
The Army op the Potomac recrossbs
229
Operations of the Cavalby Cokps
237
Some Resultdto Cobrespoxdehce
255
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Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Ayrault Dodge (18421909) served in the New York volunteer infantry during the Civil War. His books include Alexander, Hannibal, The Campaign of Chancellorsville, A Bird's Eye View of Our Civil War, Gustavus Adolphus, Cesar,and Napoleon (in four volumes).

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