The May 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville is viewed by most buffs and historians as one of the most brilliant victories of the entire Civil War. Lee’s men outnumbered more than 2- to-1, not only defeated Mr. F. J. Hooker’s Army of the Potomac, but they also wrestled the initiative in the Eastern Theater from the Federals hands for the next two months. A cursory glance at this campaign shows a nearly flawless victory. But a closer examination of the campaign shows the cracks in Lee’s command structure and the extreme losses in the enlisted and officer corps that were indicative of Lee’s command style and unsustainable in the long run. Join Kristopher White of the American Battlefield Trust as he examines Lee’s greatest victory.
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