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The Battle and Its Aftermath

Edited by Gary W. Gallagher

Publication Year: 2009

A variety of important but lesser-known dimensions of the Chancellorsville campaign are explored in this collection of eight original essays. Departing from the traditional focus on generalship and tactics, the contributors address the campaign's broad context and implications and revisit specific battlefield episodes that have in the past been poorly understood. Contributors include Keith S. Bohannon, Gary W. Gallagher, A. Wilson Greene, John J. Hennessy, Robert K. Krick, James Marten, Carol Reardon, and James I. Robertson Jr.

Published by: The University of North Carolina Press

Series: Military Campaigns of the Civil War

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. vii

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pp. ix-xvii

R. E. LEE'S stunning tactical victory at Chancellorsville capped a remarkable eleven-month period during which he built the Army of Northern Virginia into a self-confident and formidable weapon. Conditioned to expect success after defeating the Army of the Potomac at the Seven Days...

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1. We Shall Make Richmond Howl: The Army of the Potomac on the Eve of Chancellorsville

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pp. 1-35

ON JANUARY 27,1863, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker took command of perhaps the saddest, angriest, most grumbly army that ever marched under America's postrevolutionary flag. Pontoons and wagons by the hundreds lay hopelessly mired...

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2. East of Chancellorsville: Jubal A. Early at Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church

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pp. 36-64

JUBAL A. EARLY had been living in Canada for more than two years when he composed a letter to R. E. Lee in late November 1868. Begging Lee's indulgence for the intrusion, Early devoted most of this long missive to his role during the Chancellorsville campaign. "I think your official report,...

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3. Stoneman's Raid

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pp. 65-106

THE SUN rose on Friday, May 8, 1863, over a Virginia landscape alive with spring but brutally scarred by the aftermath of the battle of Chancellorsville. Hundreds of acres of Spotsylvania County betrayed the effects of an engagement that...

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4. The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy

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pp. 107-142

NINETEEN MEN in two distinct groups rode forward from the coalescing Confederate lines west of Chancellorsville at about 9:00 P.M. on May 2, 1863. Only seven of the nineteen came back untouched, man or horse. Although one of those nearest the offending musket muzzles, Maj. Gen. A. P. Hill...

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5. The Valiant Rearguard: Hancock's Division at Chancellorsville

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pp. 143-175

"IT WAS A delightful spring morning. The sun shone bright and warm, the trees were just beginning to put forth their green leaves and the grass and early flowers had already changed the grayish sandy soil to brighter and more attractive hues."1 So seemed the early hours of May i, 1863, to one...

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6. Medical Treatment at Chancellorsville

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pp. 176-199

Two WEEKS after the battle of Chancellorsville, a Union surgeon used a rare quiet period to make an entry in his diary. "As I write this after all is past . . . I thank God for his goodness to me," he recorded, adding, "I consider war as a dire calamity and a visitation from the Almighty and especially...

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7. Disgraced and Ruined by the Decision of the Court: The Court-Martial of Emory F. Best, C.S.A.

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pp. 200-218

THE funeral OF Emory Fiske Best at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia, on April 29, 1912, was attended by only a few friends and relatives. According to a newspaper obituary, even Best's wife was absent, due to "hindering circumstances...

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8. Stern Realities: Children of Chancellorsville and Beyond

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pp. 219-243

FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD Sue Chancellor's life collapsed when her ancestral home—the imposing brick house that had at one time served as an inn on the Orange Turnpike between Fredericksburg and up-country Virginia—was caught in the middle of some of the heaviest fighting of the battle of...

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Bibliographic Essay

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pp. 245-248

Readers seeking sources pertinent to facets of the Chancellorsville campaign explored in the essays should look first to the notes, which collectively cite many of the most important works on military operations in Virginia between February and June 1863. As with all military (and many nonmilitary) aspects of the Civil War, the great fount of...


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pp. 249-250


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pp. 251-263

E-ISBN-13: 9781469602400
E-ISBN-10: 1469602407
Print-ISBN-13: 9780807822753
Print-ISBN-10: 0807822752

Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 2 line drawings, 1 map
Publication Year: 2009

Series Title: Military Campaigns of the Civil War