Battle Analysis : Battle Of Chancellorsville

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Battle Analysis: Battle of Chancellorsville
During the American Civil War, influential leaders and proven commanders were among the most valuable assets in battle. Such was the case of Confederate Army Lieutenant General (LTG) Thomas Jackson. LTG Jackson was well known for his uncanny ability to detect and exploit an enemy’s weak spot, resulting in many battle successes. This paper will identify an alternate outcome to the Battle of Chancellorsville: Day 2. The Battle of Chancellorsville was a great success for the Confederate Army and LTG Jackson’s famous flanking maneuver was one of the greatest tactical maneuvers of the American Civil War. This paper will hypothesize that if LTG Jackson used intelligence officers and/or a reconnaissance team during the Battle of Chancellorsville, he would have continued the assault destroying the Army of the Potomac. As a result, this would have brought the ending of the American Civil War.
Strategic and Operational Overview
The American Civil War began in 1861 in order to determine if the United States was to be a confederation of sovereign states or a nation with a sovereign national government. The war would also decide whether slavery would continue to exist in the United States. The American Civil War is recognized as the costliest war ever fought on American soil as it resulted in over 620,000 Soldiers killed (American Civil War History, 2009). The election of Republican President Abraham Lincoln was the catalyst for the…
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