This Day In History May 1, 1863 – Civil War: Battle of Chancellorsville Fought


Battle of Chancellorsville fought with C.S.A. Gen. Robert E. Lee’s strategy and daring adding to his legend of invincibility


On this day in 1863, the Battle of Chancellorsville begins in Virginia. Earlier in the year, General Joseph Hooker led the Army of the Potomac into Virginia to confront Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Hooker had recently replaced Ambrose Burnside, who presided over the Army of the Potomac for one calamitous campaign the previous December: the Battle of Fredericksburg. At that conflict, the Yankees amassed over 14,000 casualties while the Rebels suffered some 5,000 casualties.

After spending the spring retooling his army and boosting their sinking morale, Hooker advanced toward the Confederate army, possessing perhaps the greatest advantage over Lee that any Union commander had during the war. Read more at This Day In History

For further reading, battle maps and images – Wikipedia


Image: Battle of Chancellorsville–May 2-4, 1863–Union Gen. Hooker, Confederates Gen. Lee, Gen. Jackson mort. wd.; lithograph, color.
Date: 1889.
Author: Publisher – Kurz and Allison in Chicago, IL.
Source: Library of Congress.


Battle of Chancellorsville by Kurz and Allison (depicts the wounding of Confederate Lt. Gen. Stonewall Jackson on May 2, 1863) - Wikipedia


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