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Field Armies & Fortifications in the Civil WarThe Eastern Campaigns, 1861-1864$
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Earl J. Hess

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829318

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876398_Hess

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Field Armies & Fortifications in the Civil War

Earl J. Hess

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the use of fortifications by the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia at the battle of Chancellorsville during the Civil War. Chancellorsville, a key crossroads ten miles west of Fredericksburg and four miles south of the junction of the Rapidan and Rappahannock, was one of the most successful flanking maneuvers of the war. Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker of the Union devised a plan very similar to the flanking movement introduced by his predecessor, Ambrose Burnside, in hopes of defeating Confederates General Robert E. Lee, who made intelligent and judicious use of fieldworks at Chancellorsville.

Keywords:   fortifications, Potomac, Northern Virginia, battle of Chancellorsville, Civil War, Rappahannock, flanking, Joseph Hooker, Ambrose Burnside, Robert E. Lee

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