Synopses & Reviews
The battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, 1862-63, were remarkable in several respects. Both revealed the problems of mounting a serious attack at night and provided the first examples of the now-familiar trench warfare. Fredericksburg featured street fighting and river crossings under fire. Chancellorsville was marked by Stonewall Jackson's death and the rare instance of mounted cavalry attacking infantry. In addition, the latter battle also demonstrated in striking fashion the profound influence of the commander on the battle. The Union committed more soldiers, supplies, money, and better equipment than did the Confederacy, and yet Lee won.
Eyewitness accounts by battle participants make these guides an invaluable resource for travelers and nontravelers who want a greater understanding of five of the most devastating yet influential years in our nation's history. Explicit directions to points of interest and maps—illustrating the action and showing the detail of troop position, roads, rivers, elevations, and tree lines as they were 130 years ago—help bring the battles to life. In the field, these guides can be used to recreate each battle's setting and proportions, giving the reader a sense of the tension and fear each soldier must have felt as he faced his enemy.
"The most thorough, detailed, and accurate books of their kind. I have used them to lead guided tours of several battlefields, with great success", -- James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom
This guide contains remarkable detail on several firsts and rarities for the time period, from crossings under fire and street fighting to now-familiar trench warfare.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 350-351) and index.
Table of Contents
The Operational Plan
Intelligence in the Chancellorsville Campaign
Order of Battle—Fredericksburg
Order of Battle—Chancellorsville
Recapitulation of Casualties