- Paperback: 450 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (September 28, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679728317
- ISBN-13: 978-0679728313
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chancellorsville 1863: The Souls of the Brave Paperback – September 28, 1993
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"A fascinating account of a fascinating -- if terrible -- battle."-- Tom Wicker
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"This eloquent narrative will become the standard study....It captures both the human drama and the tactical complexity of the battle in lucid, sparkling, prose."--James M. McPherson
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What fascinates me about this battle is Lee's use of creative maneuvers that outwitted the Union soldiers. This battle took place about two months prior to Gettysburg. When Lee tried to use the same tactics, however, at Gettysburg that resulted in failure. Few people realize Chancellorsville played such a role in the Confederate's plans when they fought at Gettysburg.
I highly recommend this book as pivotal in understanding the waning days of the Civil War.
With vivid prose, Furgurson -- a descendant of Civil War veterans -- recounts the tactical brilliance of Lee and Jackson that enables the Confederacy to repeatedly carry the day despite the formidable advantages in manpower, resources and battlefield position held by the Union forces. What the Union lacks, of course, are Lee and Jackson, and Furgurson captures the failure of Union command in all its ignominy. "Fighting Joe" Hooker, we learn, is hardly worthy of the sobriquet. His penchant for the bottle, Furgurson asserts, is at least partly responsible for Hooker's hesitancy to follow through on the success of his opening gambit, and his reluctance to deploy his forces on hand to full effect.
Conversely, Lee's brazen decision, on three separate occasions, to divide his army in the face of superior Union forces -- flouting all conventional military doctrine -- leads to what Furgurson calls Lee's "supreme moment." But in the Chancellorsville triumph are planted the seeds of the South's debacle at Gettysburg, the battle that just two months hence, would turn the tide of the war. The Chancellorsville conflict, Furgurson observes, would deprive Lee of his most audacious, like-minded battlefield commander, and lead to an excess of hubris . . . the belief that Lee's troops "if properly lead," were invincible.
Military history can at times be a ponderous read. In Furgurson's hands, it reads like an eloquent novel.