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The Chancellorsville Campaign: Fredericksburg to Salem Church
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advance Alabama Anderson army artillery attack Banks Barksdale's battery battle bridge brigade Brooks BUTTERFIELD called Camp cavalry Chancellorsville Chief Church close Colonel column command Corps cover crossed direction division Early effect enemy enemy's engaged eral extending facing fall Falmouth fell field fire five flank followed foot force Ford formed forward four Fredericksburg front give ground guns Hazel Headquarters Army heights Hill Hooker Howison's hundred immediately infantry Lee's Hill loss Major-General Major-General Commanding Marye's Marye’s McLaws ment mile morning move movement night numbers o'clock officers opened opposite Orange Plank road ordered passed pontoon position Potomac Rappahannock reached rear received regiments rest retired returned Richmond ridge river Salem says Sedgwick sides skirmishers soon Staff street Taylor's Third thousand tion town troops turn United Virginia Washington Wilcox Willis woods wounded yards
Page 46 - I believe you to be a brave and skilful soldier, which of course I like. "I also believe you do not mix politics with your profession, in which you are right. "You have confidence in yourself, which is a valuable if not an indispensable quality. "You are ambitious, which, within reasonable bounds, does good rather than harm; but...
Page 47 - Burnside's command of the army you have taken counsel of your ambition and thwarted him as much as you could, in which you did a great wrong to the country and to a most meritorious and honorable brother officer. I have heard, in such a way as to believe it, of your recently saying that both the army and the government needed a dictator. Of course it was not for this, but in spite of it, that I have given you the command. Only those generals who gain successes can set up dictators. What I now ask...
Page 47 - I much fear that the spirit which you have aided to infuse into the army, of criticising their commander and withholding confidence from him, will now turn upon you. I shall assist you as far as I can to put it down. Neither you nor Napoleon, if he were alive again, could get any good out of an army while such a spirit prevails in it. And now beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories.
Page 93 - It was evident that a direct attack upon the enemy would be attended with great difficulty and loss, in view of the strength of his position and his superiority of numbers. It was therefore resolved to endeavor to turn his right flank, and gain his rear, leaving a force in front to hold him in check and conceal the movement. The execution of this plan was intrusted to Lieutenant-General Jackson, with his three divisions.
Page 46 - General : I have placed you at the head of the Army of the Potomac. Of course I have done this upon what appear to me to be sufficient reasons, and yet I think it best for you to know that there are some things in regard to which I am not quite satisfied with you. I believe you to be a brave and skilful soldier, which, of course, I like. I also believe you do not mix politics with your profession, in...
Page 102 - Banks' ford as rapidly as possible to the assistance of General Barksdale; but arrived too late to take part in the action. General Wilcox fell back slowly until he reached Salem church, on the plank road, about five miles from Fredericksburg. Information of...
Page 48 - In equipment, intelligence and valor, the enemy is our inferior. Let us never hesitate to give him battle wherever we can find him.
Page 73 - ... before delivering a general battle to our adversaries, the army has given renewed evidence of its confidence in itself and its fidelity to the principles it represents.
Page 93 - General Jackson marched by the Furnace and Brock roads, his movement being effectually covered by Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry, under General Stuart in person. As the rear of the train was passing the furnace, a large force of the enemy advanced from Chancellorsville and attempted its capture. General Jackson had left the Twenty-third Georgia Regiment, under Colonel...
Page 47 - Only those generals who gain successes can set up dictators. What I now ask of you is military success, and I will risk the dictatorship. The government will support you to the utmost of its ability, which is neither more nor less than it has done and will do for all commanders. I much fear that the spirit which you have aided to infuse into the army, of criticizing their commander and withholding confidence from him, will now turn upon you.