The "Wilderness" and Chancelloraville.
Accounts of the great battles on the Rappahannock
continue to come in — each one adding something to our previous knowledge of the events which occurred, or correcting statements made in the hurry of writing soon after the event.
Our attention has been specially called to one point not hitherto dwell upon by any correspondent, though the fact has been alluded to by nearly all. We refer to the question.
Who commanded the corps of the immortal Jackson
when he was rendered hors du combat,
and forced to leave the field?
We have received from authority which places the statement beyond question the following particulars, which we briefly put on record, for the information of our readers:
made his great flank movement against the right and rear of the enemy on Saturday.
Getting into position, he attacked with his corps about an hour before sunset, and driving the Eleventh corps
of the Federals
before him, routed and pushed them nearly to Chancellorsville
His assault was made at the well-known locality of the Wilderness;
and this contest will be known in history as "The Battle of the Wilderness
." Soon after 9 o'clock at night Gen. Jackson
received the wound which caused his death, and about the same time Gen. A. P. Hill
, the ranking Major-Gen'l
of his corps, was also disabled.
, whose heroic conduct made him a Major-General
on the battle-field, and who succeeded Hill
in command, immediately dispatched a messenger to Gen. J. E. B. Stuart
, who had proceeded with a detachment of cavalry towards Ely's ford, and on the arrival of that General formally turned over the command to him, with the full approbation of General Hill
, whose wounds disabled him from further participation, even by conference, in the battle.
It was then too late to renew the battle, and Gen. Stuart
busied himself in reorganizing the command, hurrying up ammunition, and preparing everything for the struggle next morning.
Riding upward and down the lines, he scarcely closed his eyes throughout the night, and saw in person that all was ready.
At daylight in the morning he formed his line of battle, gave the order for his right to advance, and soon engaged Hooker
with the entire corps, driving him from all his defences, huddling his shattered troops in upon Chancellorsville
, and finally routing him completely, and sending him, thoroughly defeated back to the river.
This desperate contest, in which Jackson
's unfinished work was completed, to the full satisfaction of the illustrious soldier, took place in close vicinity to, in, and all around Chancellorsville
It will be known as "The Battle of Chancellorsville
." These details of the battles which terminated in the defeat of Hooker
, and his inglorious rout, are noted down for the satisfaction of our readers, for whom the late occurrences on the Rappahannock
still continue to possess a paramount interest.