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    DescriptionBy May of 1863, the Stone Wall at the base of Marye's Heights above Fredericksburg loomed large over the Army of the Potomac, haunting its men with memories of slaughter from their crushing defeat there the previous December. They would assault it again with a very different result the following spring when General Joe Hooker, bogged down in bloody battle with the Army of Northern Virginia around the crossroads of Chancellorsville, ordered John Sedgwick's Sixth Corps to assault the heights and move to his assistance. This time the Union troops wrested the wall and high ground from the Confederates and drove west into the enemy's rear. The inland drive stalled in heavy fighting at Salem Church. Chancellorsville's Forgotten Front: The Battles of Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church, May 3, 1863 is the first book-length study of these overlooked engagements and the central roles they played in the final Southern victory. Once Hooker opened the campaign with a brilliant march around General Lee's left flank, the Confederate commander violated military principles by dividing his under-strength army in the face of superior numbers. He shuttled most of his men west from around Fredericksburg under Stonewall Jackson to meet Hooker in the tangles of the Wilderness, leaving behind a small portion to watch Sedgwick's Sixth Corps. Jackson's devastating attack against Hooker's exposed right flank on May 2, however, convinced the Union army commander to order Sedgwick's large, unused corps to break through and march against Lee's rear. From that point on, Chancellorsville's Forgotten Front tightens the lens for a thorough examination of the decision-making, movements, and fighting that led to the breakthrough, inland thrust, and ultimate bloody stalemate at Salem Church. Authors Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White have long appreciated the pivotal roles Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church played in the campaign, and just how close the Southern army came to grief - and the Union army to stunning success. Together they seamlessly weave their extensive newspaper, archival, and firsthand research into a compelling narrative to better understand these combats, which usually garner little more than a footnote to the larger story of Jackson's march and tragic fatal wounding.


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    Title
    Chancellorsville's Forgotten Front
    Subtitle
    The Battles of Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church, May 3, 1863
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chris Mackowski, By (author) Kristopher D. White
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 312
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 717 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781611211368
    ISBN 10: 1611211360
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC subject category V2: JWLF
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE18
    BIC subject category V2: HBWJ
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    B&T General Subject: 430
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/CIVLWR
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036050
    B&T Approval Code: A44093200
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: G2
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 973.7/33, 973.733
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027110
    DC23: 973.7
    LC classification: E474.85 .M329 2013
    LC subject heading: ,
    Illustrations note
    70 images, 11 maps
    Publisher
    Savas Beatie
    Imprint name
    Savas Beatie
    Publication date
    08 May 2014
    Publication City/Country
    El Dorado Hills