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In the Army of the Shenandoah, you were the First Brigade! In the Army of the Potomac you were the First Brigade! In the Second Corps of this Army, you are the First Brigade! You are the First Brigade in the affections of your general, and I hope by your future deeds and bearing you will be handed down the posterity as the First Brigade in this our Second War of Independence. Thomas Stonewall Jackson

The commanders of Chancellorsville    Nashville : Rutledge Hill Press, c 2005  Edward G. Longacre Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863, Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870,  Hooker, Joseph, 1814-1879 Hardcover. First edition and printing. viii, 342 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-328) and index. VG/VG 

I know Hooker well and tremble to think of his handling 100,000 men in the presence of Lee. I don’t think Lee will attack Hooker in position because he will doubt if it will pay, but let Hooker once advance or more laterally and I fear for the result William Tecumseh Sherman April 1863

As equally matched in skill as they were opposite in personality, the brash Union Gen. Joseph Hooker boasted of a sure defeat of the reserved Gen. Robert E. Lee. “I’ve got Robert E. Lee right where I want him, and even God Himself cannot stop me from destroying him,” Boasted Hooker. Yet the battle of Chancellorsville stands as Lee’s greatest triumph.

The story of the two generals has never been explored as it is here. “Fighting Joe” Hooker was brilliant, but also profane, bombastic, and his army so undisciplined that their pursuit of camp “followers” spawned the modern euphemism for prostitute.

Robert E. Lee, equally gifted was known as the definitive devout, self-controlled Southern gentleman, leading an army that was exhausted, underfed, and outmanned. Chancellorsville stands not just as a pivotal battle of the Civil War but as the personal war between two warriors – stalking, striking, and counter-striking their way to ultimate victory or defeat.

In the Army of the Shenandoah, you were the First Brigade! In the Army of the Potomac you were the First Brigade! In the Second Corps of this Army, you are the First Brigade! You are the First Brigade in the affections of your general, and I hope by your future deeds and bearing you will be handed down the posterity as the First Brigade in this our Second War of Independence. Thomas Stonewall Jackson

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