The South's Finest Hour: The Battle Of Chancellorsville



For the South in the Civil War, there were many victories and
heartbreaking defeats - from the battle of Bull Run, to the upset of
Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg. However, one Southern victory may be said
as the South's finest hour. This victory came at the battle of
Chancellorsville.
Lincoln placed Joseph "Fightin' Joe" Hooker in charge of the Union
troops to take on Robert E. Lee and his army. Hooker was to destroy the
Rebel army from behind and then move on to Richmond. Fightin' Joe began
moving his troops toward Chancellorsville in Lee's rear on April 27th.
Hooker sent a cavalry raid on Lee's communication and supply lines
to screen his movements and also sent 40,000 men to keep ...

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only 10,000 Confederates
to defend against the 40,000 Union troops at Fredericksburg. Nevertheless,
on April 30, the main body of Lee's forces marched toward Chancellorsville
numbered 50,000 against 70,000. On May 1st, the Yankees were marching
toward Fredericksburg, while the rebels were marching toward
Chancellorsville. In the middle of the dense Wilderness, the Battle of
Chancellorsville gently began. Gently because when Hooker met the
Confederacy, he withdrew his troops back into trenches. Lee took advantage
of this action.
Hooker and his troops were badly beaten on May 2, and were in bad
fighting position on the third. The two armies stayed still on the fourth
and fifth of May, while Hooker withdrew back across the Rappahannock River.
The South came out with a huge victory at the Battle of ...

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