31.-battle of Chancellorsville.
Report of General R. E. Lee.
headquarters army of Northern Virginia, September 21, 1863. General S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General, C. S. A., Richmond, Va.:
General: After the battle of Fredericksburg, the army remained encamped on the south side of the Rappahannock until the latter part of April.
The Federal army occupied the north side of the river, opposite Fredericksburg, extending to the Potomac.
Two brigades of Anderson's division, those of Generals Mahone and Posey, were stationed near the United States Mine or Bark Mill Ford; and a third, under command of General Wilcox, guarded Banks's Ford.
The cavalry was distributed on both flanks — Fitzhugh Lee's brigade picketing the Rappahannock above the mouth of the Rapidan, and W. H. F. Lee's near Port Royal.
Hampton's brigade had been sent into the interior to recruit.
General Longstreet, with two divisions of his corps, was detached for service south of James River, in