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Author Sears, Stephen W.
Title Chancellorsville / Stephen W. Sears.
Imprint Boston : Houghton-Mifflin Co., 1996.
Book Jacket
 Main Collection  E475.35 .S43 1996    AVAILABLE


Call # E475.35 .S43 1996
Phys. Description x, 593 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. 564-577) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Revolt of the generals -- General Lee knows his business -- Joe Hooker takes command -- Highest expectations -- My plans are perfect -- Army on the March -- Day of decisions -- To repulse the enemy -- My troops will move at once -- They were flying in great disorder -- Fate of Stonewall Jackson -- Most terribly bloody conflict -- Cavalcade of triumph -- Calling upon general Sedgwick -- Time the Yankees were leaving -- Epilogue: Wages of victory and defeat -- Armies at Chancellorsville -- Casualties at Chancellorsville -- Romances of Chancellorsville -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary 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.
Local Note Donated by Phil Marklin.
Subject Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863.
ISBN 0395634172
039587744X (pbk.)
9780395877449 (pbk.)