The Commanders of Chancellorsville: The Gentleman vs. The Rogue

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Thomas Nelson, Jul 31, 2005 - History - 352 pages

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.

 

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Contents

A Man of Honor a Soldier of Genius
21
On the Brink of Greatness
43
Officer and Gambler
67
Bravo for Joe Hooker
87
Plans and Preparations
111
Crossing Over
129
A Most Extraordinary TwentyFour Hours
149
Confidence Lost
167
Trusting to an Ever Kind Providence
183
My God Here They Come
203
Attack and Counterattack
225
What Will the Country Say?
251
Out of the Woods
271
Bibliography
313
Index
329
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