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Battle of Chancellorsville - Stonewall Jackson

General Robert E. Lee had a serious problem.  Near Chancellorsville - in Virginia - he and his Confederate troops (60,892) were greatly outnumbered by Union forces (133,868).  Lee trusted Thomas ("Stonewall") Jackson to plan, and execute, an attack on the right flank of Hooker’s army - the 11th Corps, commanded by Oliver Otis Howard.

Although he was known to follow his own path, Jackson was fiercely loyal to the South.  Yet, he respected his own instincts and was willing to break the law to do what he thought was right.  He once set up a Sunday school for slave children, living in Lexington, even though such an action was explicitly forbidden.

Like Lee, Jackson's men trusted their leader.  As he laid out his battle plan, he urged his soldiers to remain as quiet as possible.  They needed to surprise the Union soldiers who were not expecting an attack.

The battle - which began on May 1, 1863 - was costly to both sides.  The Confederates won it, but they lost Stonewall Jackson - to friendly fire - in the process.

This clip, from Gods and Generals, depicts the arrival of Jackson on the scene as he surveys the unsuspecting Union troops.  It also includes the beginning of the battle, including the carnage which quickly ensues.


Media Credits

Clip from Gods and Generals, depicting Stonewall Jackson and the start of the battle for Chancellorsville.  Copyright, Warner Bros., all rights reserved.  Clip provided here, as fair use, for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the film.

 

 

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