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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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We Shall Make Richmond Howl The Army of the Potomac on the Eve of Chancelimille

We Shall Make Richmond Howl The Army of the Potomac on the Eve of Chancelimille

(p.1) We Shall Make Richmond Howl The Army of the Potomac on the Eve of Chancelimille

John J. Hennessy

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the Army of the Potomac on the eve of the campaign. It analyzes the factors that led soldiers to recover their enthusiasm for the war after the bitter reverse at Fredericksburg in mid-December 1862 and the “Mud March” the following month. Covering issues ranging from the quality of rations and the men's response to emancipation and to the possible enrollment of black men as northern soldiers, it portrays an army that possessed remarkable recuperative powers. The role of politics in shaping the army's high command stands in sharp relief. The chapter makes a strong case that caution in discussing volatile political issues counted for more than effective leadership on the battlefield in determining who received assignments to lead the eight Federal corps.

Keywords:   Civil War, military campaigns, Army of the Potomac, soldiers, politics, high command, leadership

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