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Battle of Chancellorsville (Stonewall Jackson)

AE Curator Jul 16
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Was Chancellorsville the Civil War’s turning point? The battle featured a successful assault by Stonewall Jackson’s men. On the evening of May 2, 1863, they surged from the woods and crushed the Union army’s western flank. Jackson, hoping to push ahead on early success, scouted the Federal lines in the dark. He fell wounded to the mistaken fire of his own confused men and later died of pneumonia. The Confederates won the battle the next day with violent frontal assaults at Federal lines. Gen. Robert E. Lee held the field but at an incredibly high cost, both in men and his most trusted general.

Location: Spotsylvania
Image: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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