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.
|Contributor(s)||Edward G. Longacre|
|About the Contributor(s)||Edward G. Longacre
Ed Longacre has written more than 20 books and 100 journal and magazine articles on the Civil War. The Cavalry at Gettysburg won the Fletcher Pratt Award as the best book of Civil War nonfiction. Pickett, Leader of the Charge was a finalist for the Douglas Southall Freeman Award. Lee's Cavalrymen was a main selection of the History Book Club. He was a historical advisor to the 1993 motion picture Gettysburg. Ed Longacre lives in Newport News, Virginia, where he is a civilian historian for the United States Air Force.
|Publish Date||Aug 2, 2005|
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