occupied positions on Marye
's and Lee's Hills, and the whole was placed under my command.
In addition, Graham
's battery of artillery of four guns, two twenty pounders and two ten pounders, Parrots, posted on the hill on my right, was left with me, and Lieutenant Colonel Andrews
was ordered to report to me with his battalion of four batteries with twelve pieces, to-wit: six Napoleons, four three-inch rifles, and two ten pounder Parrots.
A Whitworth gun under Lieutenant Tunis
was also left at my disposal and posted on the right across the Massaponix.
With the rest of the army near Fredericksburg
comprising the other three divisions of Jackson
's corps, and three brigades of McLaws
' division, General Lee
moved on the night of the 30th and the morning of the 1st of May towards Chancellorsville
to meet Hooker
Before leaving, General Lee
instructed me to watch the enemy and try to hold him; to conceal the weakness of my force, and if compelled to yield before overpowering numbers, to fall back towards Guiney
's depot where our supplies were, protecting them and the railroad; and I was further instructed to join the main body of the army in the event that the enemy disappeared from my front, or so diminished his force as to render it prudent to do so, leaving at Fredericksburg
only such force as might be necessary to protect the town against any force the enemy might leave behind.
The force which had made the demonstration on our front consisted at first of the 1st, 3rd, and 6th corps of Hooker
's army, under the command of Major General Sedgwick
The 3rd corps moved to join Hooker
during the 30th, but the 1st and 6th remained in my front still demonstrating.
In his testimony before the Congressional Committee on the war, Hooker
stated that the 6th corps, according to the returns of the 30th of April, 1863, numbered 26,233 present for duty.
says that the 6th corps numbered only 22,000 when it crossed the river.
Taking the medium between them, the