of his troops at Chancellorsville
, with the intention of throwing his whole available force upon Hooker
On Tuesday Anderson
's and McLaws
's divisions, which had been marching and fighting since Friday morning, returned to Chancellorsville
Before they reached it a violent rain-storm broke over the battle-field, and, impeded by the storm and the mud, it was late in the day before the wet and weary troops were all in position.
The attack had to be postponed to the morrow.
, unwilling after the defeats of Saturday, Sunday and Monday, to risk the chances of battle further, did the wisest thing within his reach.
He retreated under cover of the night and the storm, across the Rappahannock
The raid of Stoneman
's cavalry was a failure.
It accomplished, if possible, less in proportion than the main army.
has been misled by many Confederate authorities into giving Jackson
the entire credit of the flank movement on Saturday.
This movement was suggested, as well as ordered, by General Lee
(See, General Fitz. Lee
's address before The Army of Northern Virginia, October, 1879.) Colonel Dodge
criticizes the rashness of the manoeurvre, but no Captain
ever won victories against great odds without exposing himself to criticism of this kind.
executed the movement, and too much praise cannot be given for the splendid manner of its execution.
No breath of rivalry or jealousy ever came between Lee
, “He is the only man I would follow blindfold.”
, on hearing of Jackson
's wound, “He has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right.”
These two Virginians
, worthy representatives of the two stocks that have built up that State, Lee
of the English Cavaliers
, Jackson of the Scotch Irish
, had for each other only feelings of the most generous confidence and affection.
Their lives, grand, noble, unselfish; their deaths, such as became soldiers and Christians; their graves within sight of each other in the very heart of the Virginia
of their love; their memories, a priceless legacy to future generations; the fame of neither requires enhancement at the expense of the other.
's sketch of Jackson
is appreciative, and in the main correct.
He is mistaken, however, in supposing Jackson
“a bad disciplinarian,” and “without even average powers of organization.”
He was strict in discipline, and a careful organizer.
His judgment of men was often bad, but no one, we believe, ever held subordinates to a stricter accountability, and no one ever obtained more and better work from those under him. To his mind, nothing ever fully excused failure, and it was but rarely that he gave an officer the opportunity of