forward to check, if possible, the advancing wave.
These dispositions have some effect.
More is perhaps due to the impenetrable forest, which renders it impossible for the Confederates
to advance any distance in order.
Night adds to their difficulties.
While they halt to allow the rear line to take the advance, about 8 or 9 P. M., Jackson
receives his death wound, and this great misfortune finally, and more than all else, puts a stop to further advance in the darkness.
At dawn the battle is renewed.
, now commanding Jackson
's corps, leads it with reckless valor against the Federal
lines, which have been strengthened during the night.
throws Anderson and McLaws against the Federal
left and centre.
bears the brunt of Stuart
's attack, and most gallantly holds the ground for a a time, but is finally driven from his position, as is Slocum
, who joins him on the left.
permits the centre of his army to be beaten, while the wings are practically unengaged.
, with the First corps, had been brought up from Fredericksburg
on Saturday, thus making over 90,000 troops in all that had been concentrated at Chancel-lorsville.
, with the First and Fifth corps, are allowed to remain idle on Sickles
's right while he is being defeated; and on the left wing of the army, the Eleventh and part of the Second corps have no enemy in front.
Thus more than half of the force that Hooker
had at hand did little or nothing towards resisting Lee
Meantime, with all these unemployed troops at hand, Hooker
was depending upon Sedgwick
to advance from Fredericksburg
and strike the Confederate
, who had with him over twenty thousand men, had been ordered to push Early
aside and make a forced march of ten or twelve miles, on the south side of the Rappahannock
, during Saturday night and Sunday morning, so as to reach the rear of McLaws
, who held the right of Lee
Early, with less than half the force of Sedgwick
, a force, too, scattered over a line of several miles in length, succeeded in delaying the latter's march so much that the battle was already raging at Chancellorsville
was ready to move out from Fredericksburg
It was 11 A. M. before Sedgwick
was able, by repeated attacks and at heavy loss, to carry Marye
's heights, and thus open his way to go to Hooker
's assistance, and at this hour Hooker
had already been beaten and driven from Chancellorsville
to the position which he took up in rear of it. Sedgwick
, now opposed by Wilcox
with a single brigade, advanced very cautiously up the plank road towards Chancellorsville
At Salem Church, half way between Fredericksburg
held him in check until McLaws
arrived with four brigades, about the middle of