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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 1: operations in Virginia.--battle of Chancellorsville.--siege of Suffolk. (search)
nal right, so as to fall upon Hooker's rear. Lee hesitated because he would have only the divisions of Anderson and McLaw s left to oppose both Hooker and Sedgwick, should the latter cross the river and attack. To thus divide his army in the Aldrich's Rouse this is a view of Aldrich's house, as it appeared when sketched by the writer, in June, 1866. it was used during the war as Headquarters by Generals Gregg and Merritt, and other officers of both armies. Near it the first skirmish atperior numbers might imperil its existence; yet, so much did Lee lean upon Jackson as adviser and executor, that he consented and the bold movement was at once begun. With full twenty-five thousand men, Jackson turned off from the plank road at Aldrich's, not far from Chancellorsville, and moved swiftly and stealthily through the thick woods, with Stuart's cavalry between him and the Union lines, to the Orange plank road, four miles westward of Chancellorsville. At the same time Lee was attra
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 11: advance of the Army of the Potomac on Richmond. (search)
rees were scarred and broken; lines of earth-works ran like serpents in many directions, half concealed by the rank undergrowth, made ranker in places by the horrid nourishment of blood; and near where Wadsworth was smitten was a little clearing, inclosed with palings, and used as God's acre for the bodies of the slain heroes of the war. Returning to Chancellorsville, we took the road for Spottsylvania Court-House, over which Warren and his troops passed and Hancock followed, lunching at Aldrich's, See page 27. passing the now famous old wooden building of Todd's Tavern, See page 24. then a school-house, early in the afternoon, and not long afterward emerging from The Wilderness at the point where Warren's troops did. As we rode over the high plain where Robinson fought, we began to see the scars of the Battle of Spottsylvania Court-House. After visiting and sketching the place where Sedgwick was killed, we rode over the ground where Hancock and the Confederates struggled so