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Chapter 37:

  • The enemy crosses the Potomac and Concentrates at Warrenton
  • -- advances upon Fredericksburg -- its position -- our forces -- the enemy crosses the Rappahannock -- attack on General Jackson -- the main attack -- repulse of the enemy on the right -- assaults on the left -- the enemy's columns broken and Fleeing -- casualties -- position during the winter -- the enemy again crosses the Rappahannock -- converging toward Chancellorsville, to the rear of our position -- inactivity on our front -- our forces concentrate near Chancellorsville and encounter enemy -- position of the enemy -- attempt to turn his right -- the enemy surprised and driven in the darkness -- Jackson fired upon and wounded -- Stuart in command -- battle renewed -- Fredericksburg reoccupied -- attack on the Heights -- repulse of the enemy -- the enemy Withdraws in the night -- our strength -- losses -- death of General Jackson.

About the middle of October, 1862, General McClellan crossed the Potomac east of the Blue Ridge and advanced southward, seizing the passes of the mountains as he progressed. In the latter part of the month he began to incline eastwardly from the mountains, moving in the direction of Warrenton, about which he finally concentrated, his cavalry being thrown forward beyond the Rappahannock in the direction of Culpeper Court House.

On November 15th the enemy was in motion. The indications were that Fredericksburg was again to be occupied. Sumner's corps had marched in the direction of Falmouth, and gunboats and transports had entered Aquia Creek.

McLaws's and Ransom's divisions were ordered to proceed to that city; on the 21st it became apparent that the whole army—under General Burnside, who had succeeded General McClellan—was concentrating on the north side of the Rappahannock.

About November 26th Jackson was directed to advance toward Fredericksburg. As some of the enemy's gunboats had appeared in the river at Port Royal, and it was possible that an attempt might be made to cross in that vicinity. D. H. Hill's division was stationed near that place, and the rest of Jackson's corps so disposed as to support Hill or Longstreet, as occasion might require. The fords of the Rappahannock

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