Excerpt from Chancellorsville: A Paper Read Before the United Service Club, Philadelphia, Penna, on Wednesday, February 8, 1888
In the official Reports of Chancellorsville, of which but five copies were issued by the War Department, some officers, in giving diagrams of positi... ons, show locations held by I am indebted to the courtesy of Colonel john P. Nicholson for access to the volume.stragglers' brigade and is it not a query whether Hooker's assertion was not more of a wish than a fact?
Be this as it may, he conceived a plan of campaign, by skilful manoeuvring decoyed the wily Jackson some miles down the river, and with three of his seven corps turned Lee's left ¿ank. According to the Richmond Examiner of May I it was five a. M. Of April 29 when the first news of the Federal passage of the Rappahannock was received at Fredericksburg, but Lee seems to have remained quiescent until May I, when he began to bestir himself. Meantime the Third Corps, with two divisions of the Second Corps, had been added to the troops at Chancellorsville, and on May I Hooker ordered an eastward advance. Lee also had determined to investigate, and at about the same time advanced westwardly. Some desultory fighting ensued, resulting in the return of the Federal columns and the taking up of a new position.
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