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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 14. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The battle of Chancellorsville. (search)
ere put over, and bridgeheads were constructed and held by Brooks's and Wadsworth's divisions. Lee made no serious attempt sposition of his troops to warrant an assault, day broke. Brooks still held the left of the line, Howe the centre, and Newt in this campaign. Another delay now occurred in giving Brooks the head of the column in the advance toward Chancellorsville. Though technically proper, Brooks not having been engaged, the nature of Sedgwick's orders certainly did not warrant this delay. Newton followed Brooks. Howe brought up the rear. By noon word reached Lee that Sedgwick had captured the Frn Wilcox. These troops arrived at Salem church by 2 P. M. Brooks and Newton shortly came upon the field, and endeavored to ting on the plank-road. Substantially, Newton faced west, Brooks south, Howe east. Lee, after some hours' preparation, mad6 P. M. Lee attacked. McLaws fell upon the corner held by Brooks; Early assaulted Howe. The latter's onset was very hardy.