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d of only the Department of the Potomac.
While Hooker and Lee were contending near Chancellorsville (q. v.), a greater pare Army of the Potomac was raiding on the communications of Lee's army with Richmond.
Stoneman, with 10,000 men, at first prand they were sent upon—namely, the complete destruction of Lee's communications with Richmond.
Three days after General General Lee escaped into Virginia, July 17-18, 1863, General Meade crossed the Potomac to follow his flying antagonist.
The NationalMeade by threatening to re-enter Maryland.
Failing in this, Lee hastened to oppose a movement that menaced his front and flaere were several skirmishes in the mountain-passes.
Finally Lee, by a quick and skilful movement, while Meade was detained ae middle of September he crossed the Rappahannock, and drove Lee beyond the Rapidan, where the latter took a strong defensiverawn from each army and sent to other fields of service, and Lee was compelled to take a defensive position.
His defenses we