Chancellorsville

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Houghton-Mifflin Company, 1998 - History - 593 pages
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One of the most dramatic battles of the Civil War, Chancellorsville was Robert E. Lee's masterpiece. Outnumbered two to one, Lee violated a cardinal rule of military strategy by dividing his small army, sending Stonewall Jackson on his famous twelve-mile march around the Union flank. Charging out of the Wilderness with Rebel yells, Jackson's troops destroyed one entire corps of the Union army, and Lee drove the rest across the Rappahannock River. Lee's great victory came at great cost, however: Jackson, making a night reconnaissance, was accidentally shot by his own troops and died eight days later. And ironically, the momentum of Lee's greatest triumph pushed him to launch an aggressive campaign that led to his greatest defeat, at Gettysburg. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, including personal accounts by soldiers on both sides, Stephen Sears has written the definitive book on Chancellorsville.

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Among most students of the American Civil War, there is shared wisdom about the 1863 battle of Chancellorsville. Despite steep odds against a force that had briefly outmaneuvered him, Robert E. Lee ... Read full review

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Chancellorsville presents an amazing study of decision making, risk management, and the impact that the fog and friction of war have on plans and strategies. Despite what may have been the best ... Read full review

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STEPHEN W. SEARS is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War, including Gettysburg and Landscape Turned Red. The New York Times Book Review has called him “arguably the preeminent living historian of the war’s eastern theater.” He is a former editor for American Heritage.

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