on the 29th of April?
Was the movement premature, or was it made to threaten and hold Lee
could slip through the Wilderness
and fall upon the flank and rear of Lee
If so, why did Hooker
halt at Chancellorsville
, and commence fortifying on the 30th of April?
moved up to Chancellorsville
, and confronted Hooker
on the 1st of May, why were Hooker
They knew that Lee
had divided his army.
each had an army—had they been Confederate soldiers—that could have vanquished either half of Lee
's army, if that half had been any other than Confederate soldiers.
Yet they both remained inactive until Jackson
gained the extreme right flank of Hooker
's army on the 2d with fully half of Lee
's army, and drove back the right wing of Hooker
's army upon his centre.
began to move in earnest on the 3d of May, and Hooker
remained on the defensive with his ninety thousand against forty-five thousand.
From the number of men that Hooker
had on his right flank, stirring up his Dutch
, he must have known that Lee
had but few left between him and Sedgwick
remained defending his ninety thousand as best he could against Anderson
's twelve thousand and Jackson
's twenty-five thousand, and let Lee
turn towards Fredericksburg
with two divisions—eight thousand men—on the 4th of May, and in hearing distance of Hooker
, drive Sedgwick
, with his twenty thousand, across the Rappahannock
; and on the 5th became alarmed for the safety of his ninety thousand, and precipitately recrossed the river.
That didn't look to the Rebels
like ‘pulverizing the rebellion’ much.
been a Lee, and Sedgwick
a Jackson, Sedgwick
would have moved out of Deep Run
with his 30,000, square across the plateau between Barksdale
during the night of the 1st of May, and presented himself on the hills on the Mine
road; General Early
would have been captured or routed back to North Anna
would have evacuated Marye's Hill, and, perhaps, made his escape by the plank road and gained Lee
, and Jackson
would not have made his flank movement to Hooker
's right flank.
Still, then, nothing but action on the part of both Hooker
would have prevailed.
If General Hooker
had prudently remained at Chancellorsville
, defending his ninety thousand men against half of Lee
's army, now reduced by the loss of Early
, Stonewall Jackson
would have turned upon Sedgwick
with the other half of