The Battle Of Chancellorsville Campaign

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During the American Civil War, the United States was plagued with conflict, struggle, and copious amounts of spilled blood. Furthermore, countless battles were fought to decide the fate of slavery and the Union as a whole. However, one of these battles in particular, the Chancellorsville Campaign, should definitely be one of interest. Taking place after the “horror of Fredericksburg,” an event in which the Union Army of the Potomac failed to take the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1862 (Bowery and Doss 27), the Chancellorsville campaign lasted from May 1 to May 5, 1863. It was an attempt by the Union to destroy the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia that resulted in disaster for both sides. (“Battle of Chancellorsville,” Brittanica) As a matter of fact, the Chancellorsville Campaign was such a significant development in the course of the Civil War that many happenings in this battle have affected both the rest of this era and the years beyond. To begin with, there were three men who played major roles in this battle, with the first being Robert Edward Lee, a Confederate general. Born on January 19, 1807, Lee was the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, the most capable army in the South. (“Robert E. Lee,” Brittanica) By Lee’s side was another Confederate general known as Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Indeed, Jackson was among the Civil War’s most skilled tacticians, earning the moniker “Stonewall” after his success at the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861.
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