Monday, April 1, 2013

Battle of Chancellorsville Brought the Death of Stonewall Jackson

 First of all, thank you yet again to Wikipedia for all the helpful information I have been getting from them for the series of articles I am doing about the battles of the Civil War.
The Battle of Chancellorsville was fought from April 30 to May 6, 1863, near the village of Chancellorsville. The campaign pitted Union Army, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker against an army half its size, that of Gen. Robert E. Lee. It became a significant Confederate victory. Sadly it also resulted in the mortal wounding of Lt. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall Jackson by friendly fire. It was a loss that Lee likened to "losing my right arm."  Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (January 21, 1824[ – May 10, 1863) was a Confederate General during the Civil War, and one of the best-known Confederate commanders after General Lee.
In the past two years, the battles at Beaver Creek State Park have been lead by Michael Lawson, who plays the character of Stonewall Jackson, usually. Because the battle at Scenic Vista Park is based on the battle of Chancellorsville, he will not be playing that character.   

Micheal  Lawson as Lt.Gen. Stonewall Jackson
pictured with crew member Jennifer Bielskis.
A medical unit set up under a tree at the
battle of Chancellorsville.  Thank you also to

69th New York State Volunteers
1st Regiment Irish Brigade for this picture
On May 2, 1863 Gen. Jackson was accidentally shot by Confederate Pickets( soldiers or troops placed ahead to warn against an enemy advance) and had to have his arm amputated.  He died 8 days later from complications.  His death was a severe setback for the confederacy.
Lt. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
Another figure for this battle was the Union Commander, Major General Joseph Hooker. 
While he had an excellent career as a leader, he is best known for his loss at Chancellorsville.  Considered a ladies man and a heavy drinker (though history has shown he did not drink), his name is often used to describe a prostitute. 
The Union troops numbered 133,868, while the confederate troops were half that number at 60,892.
Casualties included:
Union~17,197 total: 1,606 killed;  9,672 wounded; 5,919 captured/missing
Confederacy~13,303 total;  1,665 killed; 9,081 wounded; 2,018 captured/missing
While it went on the books as a Confederate victory, the loss of Stonewall Jackson made it a loss they would never recover from.