Apr. 30-May 6 1863 30,500 total Casualties Union Deaths: 14,000 Confederate Deaths: 10,000
Union General Joseph Hooker
Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee Stonewall Jackson
The Battle of Chancellorsville on of the bloodiest battles of the civil war. This battle actually happen very close to Fredericksburg, VA. The Union suffered 14,000 deaths and the South suffered 10,000 deaths. And with these results the Confederates won the battle of Chancellorsville.
Who were the battle leaders? The Union general for this battle was General Joseph Hooker. The two Confederate Generals were Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Hooker was born on November 13, 1814 in Hadley, MA. He got his education at Hadley military school. Robert E. Lee was a United States Military grad and Was the leader of the South. Stonewall Jackson was one of the main leaders and was a West Point graduate.
Why were these sides fighting in this battle? Well in the first place they were fighting this whole war over slavery. They were fighting this specific battle because Robert E. Lee wanted to stop a potential "flanking" from Joseph Hooker. Since the battle was won by the South this has been considered Robert E. Lee's greatest victory in the civil war. And this sent the Yankees back across the Rappahannock River.
This as I said before was one of the bloodiest battles. A lot of men died from their wounds but, most died from drowning in their own blood. What happened was General Hooker tried to flank the Confederates but, it failed. During the surprise attack the South endured a major loss to their army. General Stonewall Jackson was hit by one of his own men in the arm. He survived the amputation but, the infection set in a died a few days later.
This battle happened in the town of Chancellorsville, VA. The battle was actually fought in the Wilderness of Virginia in Spotsylvania county. This battle was only 10 miles away from were the Battle of Fredericksburg was Fought. The state of Virginia is where most of the fighting happened as well as Tennessee.
The results of this battle were crucial to the results of the end. The confederates won the battle of Chancellorsville even though this did boost their confidence but, they surrendered later in the year to the North. This was coming off a Union victory in Fredericksburg. And after this battle since the Confederates won they thought they could beat the Union in the battle of Gettysburg. And this was a turning point in the war.