The Battle of Chancellorsville was a major Civil War battle that took place in Virginia from April 30 to May 6, 1863. It was a remarkable victory for the Confederate army, led by General Robert E. Lee, who faced a much larger and better-equipped Union army, led by General Joseph Hooker. Lee used his superior tactics and audacity to divide his army in the face of the enemy, and surprise them with a flank attack by his most trusted lieutenant, General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The battle resulted in heavy casualties on both sides, but the Union army was forced to retreat across the Rappahannock River, leaving Lee in control of the field. However, the Confederate victory was marred by the loss of Jackson, who was accidentally shot by his own men on the night of May 2, and died of complications eight days later. Jackson’s death was a severe blow to Lee and the Confederate cause, as he was one of the most brilliant and charismatic commanders of the war. The Battle of Chancellorsville is considered by many historians as Lee’s masterpiece, and one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War.
Having recently moved to Virginia just outside Fredericksburg, I can say that the whole area and battlefields are being beautifully preserved and in some cases restored. If you are a Civil War history enthusiast or just curious about where it all went down, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the area.
- Battle of Chancellorsville – Wikipedia
- Battle of Chancellorsville – Who Won, Significance & Facts – History
- Battle Of Chancellorsville – HistoryNet