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ChancellorsvilleThe Battle and Its Aftermath$
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Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780807822753

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807835906_gallagher

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East of Chancellorswville Jubal a. Early at Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church

East of Chancellorswville Jubal a. Early at Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church

(p.36) East of Chancellorswville Jubal a. Early at Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church

Gary W. Gallagher

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines Jubal A. Early's performance as Confederate commander at the eastern end of the battlefield. Although it was slighted in newspaper accounts at the time and is often relegated to the status of a sideshow by modern writers, the fighting at Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church constituted a major element of the campaign. Early served capably but following the battle became embroiled in a controversy with one of his subordinates, William Barksdale, which forced Lee to intervene. Expressing concern at the time and during the postwar years about the written record of his actions at Chancellorsville, Early manifested his understanding that the printed word, rather than what actually happened, would determine how later generations viewed the operations along the Rappahannock in April and May 1863.

Keywords:   Civil War, military campaigns, Confederate commander, Second Fredericksburg, Salem Church, William Barksdale

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