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.
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