Battle of Chancellorsville: Overview

BATTLE OF CHANCELLORSVILLE (may 1-4 1863 CONFED)
This battle is considered Lee’s “Perfect battle” because of his risky decision to split his army in the presence of a much larger enemy force. He would lose Stonewall Jackson during this but his strategy worked. This battle occurred in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and resulted in 24,000 casualties of which 14,000 were union soldiers.

When?

April 30 – May 6, 1863

Where?

Spotsylvania County, Virginia (Northeast Virginia – near village of Chancellorsville)

Who won the Battle of Chancellorsville?

Confederates

What Happened?

Lee (Confederate) was outnumbered but tactically split his army up in a manner that while not without risk allowed him to win this week long battle.

Why is this important?

This battle is considered Lee’s “Perfect battle” because of his risky decision to split his army in the presence of a much larger enemy force. He would lose Stonewall Jackson during this but his strategy worked.

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