the scheme of Austerlitz
had fully recognized the impossibility of a direct assault on the Federal
front or left, by reason of the broken ground.
He proposed to sweep with a rapid movement around Hooker
's front, attack on his right flank, taking him in reverse, and cut him off from the United States
This plan was at once adopted by General Lee
, and the details were left to Jackson
Early the next morning Stonewall opened the movement.
He was eager to play once again his victorious flanking game.
He knew that to pass Hooker
's entire front was most hazardous.
The broken country, however, greatly aided him. The route, skirting the edge of the front, sometimes going through it, sometimes hiding itself away in small by-roads, was an all-day's plodding.
To make this flank attack a success it needed, above all, to be a complete surprise.
Once, at Catherine furnace, Jackson
found himself in plain view.
An assault, hot while it lasted, was made upon his rear.
As the widening road, however, bore strongly toward the south, he was supposed to be in full retreat to Richmond
was in sinuous advance toward Hooker
's right flank.
By 5 o'clock in the evening, having reached the pike, he broke, utterly unlooked for, into Howard
's Eleventh corps, crushing it like an egg-shell, and sent its pieces spinning helplessly into the heavy works around Chancellorsville
Early the same night, while preparing for a new and more resolute attack, Jackson
received his death wound at the hands of his friends.
was the fact—Marye's hill was an episode.
On May 2d and 3d Hays
' brigade was, and was not, at Chancellorsville
Early, in whose division he was, had, under orders from General Lee
, left him behind at Fredericksburg
to guard the valorous town.
It was no inglorious task which had fallen to Hays
Attending to Marye
's safety were other gallant commands: Barksdale
's brigade, Griffin
's Eighteenth Mississippi occupying the