of great danger.
presses his grand army down to Chancellorsville
, with his right commanded by Howard
confronts him at Chancellorsville
, and in the meantime Stonewall Jackson
works himself around and strikes, like a thunderbolt, Howard
's right wing and doubles it back.
's center is held at bay by Lee
, but in the meantime Sedgwick
crosses his 30,000 troops over the Rappahannock
, and attacks the fortifications in rear of Fredericksburg
and captures them, and then advances on Lee
, having checked and to some extent routed Hooker
's right and center, withdraws a portion of his troops and assails Sedgwick
After a bloody fight, Sedgwick
is driven back across the Rappahannock
is disabled by a shock of cannon ball, and he turns his army over to General Couch
and retires across the river.
He had ‘Lee
just where he wanted him,’ but circumstances made it necessary for him to find safety on the northern bank of the Rappahannock
Soon his whole army crossed to the northern bank, and thus ended Hooker
's ‘On to Richmond
The losses in this great battle were as follows: Federals—Killed, 1,606; wounded, 9,762; captured, 5,919; total, 17,287.
Confederates—Killed, 1,649; wounded, 9,106; captured, 1,708; total, 12,463.
(See ‘Battles and Leaders
III. p. 233.) Summarized, it is as follows: Federals, 130,000; Confederates, 60,000.
Federal loss, 17,287; Confederate loss, 12,463.
Excess of Federal army, 70,000; excess of Federal loss, 4,884.
This campaign on the rear of Lee
was a brilliant conception on the part of Hooker
had in this campaign 10,000 more soldiers than Wellington
had on the field of Waterloo
, and 48,000 more than marshalled under the banner of Napoleon
, with his 120,000, crushed Napoleon
with his 72,000.
, with his 130,000 fled, leaving Lee
, with his 60,000, master of the field.
The battle-cloud lifts itself from Chancellorsville
and the Wilderness
, but not for long, as the coming May
will rebaptize these fields with the blood of slaughtered thousands.
Two months from the day when Hooker
's splendid army was driven by Lee
across the Rappahannock
, these same armies confronted each other on the heights of Gettysburg
's official head has gone to sleep in the waste-basket of decapitated generals, with those of Pope
, and General Meade
, a brave and cautious soldier, commands all the forces for the defense of the capital at Washington
's army is there, but the wizard of