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[576] he was engaged all night in preparations for the morrow. At early dawn on the 3d, Stuart pressed the corps forward — Hill's division in first line, Trimble's in second and Rodes' in rear. As the sun lifted the mist, the ridge to his right was found to be a commanding position for artillery. Quickly thirty pieces, under Colonels T. H. Carter and Hilary P. Jones, were firing from it. Their fire knocked a piece of the door or pillar of the apartment Hooker was occupying at Chancellorsville against him, and struck him down senseless. Pleasanton says, when he saw him about 10 A. M. that day, “he was lying on the ground, usually in a doze, except when I woke him up to attend to some important dispatch.” Couch was then temporarily called to the command. Stuart pressed onward. At one time his left was so strongly pressed that his three lines were merged into one while holding his position. He replied to a notice sent him that the men were out of ammunition, that they must hold their ground with the bayonet. About this time Stuart's right connected with Anderson's left, uniting thus the two wings of General Lee's army. He then massed infantry on his left, and at 8 A. M. stormed the enemy's works. Twice he was repulsed, but the third time Stuart placed himself on horseback at the head of the troops, and ordering the charge, carried and held them — singing, with a ringing voice, “Old Joe Hooker, won't you come out of the Wilderness?” An eye witness says of him that he could not get rid of the impression that “Harry of Navarre” led the charge, except that Stuart's plume was black, for everywhere the men “followed his feather.”

Anderson gallantly moved direct upon Chancellorsville, while McLaws made a strong demonstration in his front. At 10 A. M. the position at Chancellorsville was won, and the enemy had withdrawn to a strong position near the Rappahannock.

Preparations were at once made to attack him again, when further operations were arrested by the intelligence received from Fredericksburg. It will be remembered that Sedgwick was originally left in front of Fredericksburg, with the First, Third and Sixth corps and one division of the Second corps. On the 30th of April at 12.30 P. M. Sickles left him. On the 2d of May the First corps was ordered away from him. Sedgwick was then left, Hooker says, with 32,420 men. By the returns of April 30th, the Sixth corps numbered an aggregate present for duty of 23,730. Giving Gibbon's division one-third of the Second corps' strength (being three divisions to the corps) he would have 5,612 present for duty. Add


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