Day Three And Beyond

Y t 0330 hours 3 May, Stuart received Lee's message telling him to press the 1 enemy back and then unite with him. In the previous night's disor- ganized state that had been feasible however, the Union Army had reformed overnight so that Stuart no longer overlapped their lines and they now stood as a barrier between him and Lee. The Union position included a large, three-sided salient. Almost a square formed of Couch and Slocum's corps while Reynolds and Meade's commands projected north of the...

Bullock Road

The easternmost units - although swamped by the fleeing troops of XI corps -form a tenuous defensive line which is holding by 2000 hours as the fog rolls in once more. Taken by surprise at his HQ, Howard attempted to rally his men around the flag but this had little effect. Retreating Union troops slammed into those behind them and the entire Union line threatened to collapse. The easternmost units - although swamped by the fleeing troops of XI corps -form a tenuous defensive line which is...

Chancellorsville Day

Stonewall Brigade Brigade Iron

Mmm ightin' Joe Hooker was confident he would smash Lee. His observation balloons - Washington and Eagle - manned by Professor Lowe could see enemy troop movement his telegraph and new military codes could get messages around faster than couriers, and Colonel Sharpe's Military Information Bureau supplied him with information that made him the most accurately informed commander of the Army of the Potomac to date. Abandoning wagons in favor of faster-moving mules, Hooker's supplies could easily...

Hooker Is Injured

Whilst at his headquarters near Chancellorsville, Hooker was assessing the events of the previous day, and Stuart's offensive of that morning on his defensive positions. A Confederate shell landed nearby him as he stood on the porch, knocking him stunned to the ground. Although slightly concussed, he was unhurt and Sedgwick's triumph at Fredericksburg Back at Fredericksburg the long static situation was about to change as the dormant Sedgwick at last roused himself and plodded forward. Had he...

Union Troops

These cavalrymen were the backbone of Stoneman's cavalry corps, yet their leader wasted them. However, fighting men like Lieutenant Colonel Duncan McVicar led them bravely against superior odds, showing Stuart that he was no longer the uncontested cavalry expert. The 90-Day War was in its second year. The Union Army of the Potomac was on its fourth commander, Maj.Gen. Joseph Hooker. Although better equipped and superior in number to the Confederates, prior to Hooker's arrival the army suffered...

Horse Artillery

Marcellus N. Moorman 112 4 6lb 1st Stuart Horse Artillery - Capt. James Breathed 107 4 3R 2nd Stuart Horse Artillery - Capt. Wiliam N. McGregor 123 2 12N, 2 3R Hart's South Carolina Artillery - Capt. James F.Hart 107 4 3R Ashby Virginia Arty - 1st Lt. Chew 99 4 12N 2nd Baltimore Light Arty - 1st Lt. W. Griffin 106 4 10P Hooker's plan of attack at Chancellorsville was sound. Under Stoneman, Hooker sent 10,000 cavalrymen north and then west far above the...

Chancellorsville Today

Situated at what was a remote crossroads in 1863, today Chancellorsville battlefield spreads from the heart of downtown Fredericksburg to the bustling urban sprawl at Salem Church the still rural-looking battlefield museum and entrenchments west of the city are two minutes from theaters, florists, and grocery stores, surrounded by sylvan housing projects. Ten minutes from downtown Fredericksburg, the battlefield museum lies six miles west off I-95 on State Road 3 the east-west route of the Old...