Chancellorsville

Chancellorsville Sears describes the series of controversial events that define this crucial battle including General Robert E Lee s radical decision to divide his small army a violation of basic military rules sendi

  • Title: Chancellorsville
  • Author: Stephen W. Sears
  • ISBN: 9780395877449
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sears describes the series of controversial events that define this crucial battle, including General Robert E Lee s radical decision to divide his small army a violation of basic military rules sending Stonewall Jackson on his famous march around the Union army flank Jackson s death accidentally shot by one of his own soldiers is one of the many fascinating storSears describes the series of controversial events that define this crucial battle, including General Robert E Lee s radical decision to divide his small army a violation of basic military rules sending Stonewall Jackson on his famous march around the Union army flank Jackson s death accidentally shot by one of his own soldiers is one of the many fascinating stories included in this definitive account of the battle of Chancellorsville.

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    About "Stephen W. Sears"

    1. Stephen W. Sears

      Stephen Ward Sears is an American historian specializing in the American Civil War.A graduate of Lakewood High School and Oberlin College, Sears attended a journalism seminar at Radcliffe Harvard As an author he has concentrated on the military history of the American Civil War, primarily the battles and leaders of the Army of the Potomac He was employed as editor of the Educational Department at the American Heritage Publishing Company.Sears resides in Norwalk, Connecticut.

    659 thoughts on “Chancellorsville”

    1. The bloodiest war in American history began with a battle in which there were no combat casualties; it ended with the death of a single man, the martyrdom of the near-biblical leader of the victorious country. It is factoids like these, told and retold a hundred thousand times, until the stories are woven into the fabric of the nation, that makes the Civil War into something like a myth. It feels, sometimes, almost inevitable, an event controlled by the gods of fate. This myth-like quality, the [...]


    2. I really enjoyed Chancellorsville. Prior to this book, I knew very little about the battle except that it was another Yankee defeat and led the demise of Joe Hooker and the death of Stonewall Jackson. I was glad I read Sear’s account. Little did I realize how close the Union came to total success. I believe this would have been a Union victory had it not been for 1.) Hooker’s poor use of artillery which included his order to surrender Hazel Grove, a strategic spot on the battlefield to emplo [...]


    3. This is an absolutely outstanding work. Sears clearly researched everything pertaining to both armies. Sears walks the reader through every change in the armies following the battle of Fredericksburg all the way through the final day of Chancellorsville. The information is masterfully presented in an easily digestible narrative flow.


    4. Stephen Sears is a top flight Civil War historian, and Chancelorsville is an extraordinary battle to recount. My old Rommie is a CW buff and marched me through Jackson's flanking manuever--a 19 mile hike that ended at the spot Jackson died. I had the conviction that Sears accounted for every bullet and every cannon fired, and every human weakness, and every intervention of fate.


    5. Sears presents a fascinating account of one of the world's most-studied battles. Superbly researched and ably written, Sears presents the Chancellorsville campaign through the eyes of its participants, frequently providing superior insight into "why" the military leaders did what they did. Sears posits that the reason Hooker and the Army of the Potomac failed to defeat Lee was more of a function of breakdown in telegraph communications and the failure of one or two Corps commanders, rather than [...]


    6. A great examination and narrative of the Chancellorsville campaign in 1863. Makes clear that this battle, often described as "Lee's greatest victory," was in fact Pyhrric in nature. Lee averted catastrophe but suffered serious losses, including his best subordinate, Stonewall Jackson.



    7. Stephen W Sears' narrative picks up the Union Army of the Potomac after it's infamous "mud march" in 1863 as a "general's revolt" led to the replacement of General Burnside by "Fighting Joe" Hooker. He describes the improvements Hooker made to the Army: logistics (including food and pay), morale (leave and enlistments), cavalry and artillery reorganization, and intelligence upgrades. In a matter of weeks, Hooker had the Army in position to conduct a large and coordinated operation against Robert [...]


    8. A detailed look at the Army of the Potomac at the time around the battle and a description of Hooker’s efforts to improve its efficiency and morale. A complete description of the battle and Hooker’s strategy. The author is favorable to Hooker while still noting the poor decisions he made once the battle was underway.



    9. Major General Joe Hooker of the Army of the Potomac is known in history as the man who lost the battle of Chancellorsville. As commanding general, this is technically correct. However, it is, by Stephen Sears' analysis an over-simplification. When Hooker took over command of the army from Major General Burnsides, the army was demoralized, mis-managed and poorly commanded. In his first several months, Hooker re-organized his army: he ensured that food was regularly delivered to his troops, he ins [...]


    10. Stephen Sears' "Chancellorsville" is one of the best written books on this epic Civil War battle. This volume begins with "the revolt of the generals," when two Union generals (Newton and Cochrane) represented to President Lincoln the dissatisfaction of many senior officers with the leadership of Ambrose Burnside after the disastrous Union defeat at Fredericksburg. There follows a discussion of "Fighting Joe" Hooker's accession to command of the Army of the Potomac and his efforts to enhance the [...]


    11. As with Sears other books, Landscape Turned Red and Gettysburg, he has told the story of Chancellorsville in an unparalleled fashion. His Civil War Battle Series of which "To the Gates of Richmond" is the only one I haven't read, is by far the most concise, yet detailed account of each of these battles. He has been successful at telling these stories that many have attempted, but few besides him have succeeded.Although this book is not for the "unread" Civil War enthusiast, it may yet be a good [...]


    12. Chancellorsville is another great book by Stephen Sears on a battle in the Civil War. Like his various other books, he focuses intently on the military strategy and the political nature for both the north and the south. This book is a little more focused on the Union Army than the others although a good amount of detail is still paid to the south and the relationship between Lee, Jackson, Hill and Stuart. The failings of the Army of the Potomac were many and centered around artillery and communi [...]


    13. Sears' retelling of the battle of Chancellorsville is meticulously researched. In fact, about 100 of the 600 pages of this mighty tome are footnotes and Index.If you are waiting for the excitement to start, don't hold your breath. For one thing, if you are sufficiently interested in the American Civil War to read 500 pages about just one battle, you already know how this one ended, so there is no magic in terms of waiting for the end. The value here is for the die-hard researcher or military the [...]


    14. A much-needed updated narrative of the Battle of Chancellorsville, Stephen Sears works his magic again to bring us a meticulously researched and well-written account of this famous Civil War battle. Not the least of the new emphases is the role and performance of General Joseph Hooker (the Union commander) who is shown not to be the drunken, boastful ego-maniac that earlier versions of the battle make him out to be, based mostly on hearsay and faulty evidence. And while he certainly did make mis [...]


    15. Another great Civil War book by Stephen Sears. As usual, he includes a good lead up to the battle itself, starting with Burnside's replacement with Joe Hooker.Hooker's plan to maneuver Lee out of his excellent defensive position around Fredericksburg gets off to a great start, but goes awry through a combination of communication problems, problems with soldiers who's enlistments were soon to expire, poor performance by some of his Corps commanders especially Sedgewick's overcautiousness and Ston [...]


    16. A book with the one-word title "Chancellorsville," written by Stephen Sears? Simply perfect. Sears does justice to perhaps the American Civil War's most fascinating battle in a magnificent campaign study. It's one of the best books on the Civil War, no matter the subcategory. Sears writes beautifully, clearly, movingly, and with great perspective on Robert E. Lee's greatest triumph and the Union's one that got away. It works as "popular" history or for more serious students of the war. Sears can [...]


    17. Another turning point battle in the USA Civil War where General Lee' "right arm" was lost when, on an early evening ride, Stonewall Jackson was shot and killed by his own troops. Fascinating military movements and strategies in this battle that adds to the drama even more and Sears again captures it.The big three of Sears' (Gettysburg, Antietam, and Chancellorsville) are a trio of riveting and well-done as Shelby Foote's epic three-volume work on the entire war. Both authors are highly-recommend [...]


    18. I haven't read much about this particular Civil War battle and Stephen Sears does a great job in helping us understand the bumbling generals, and more importantly their subordinates as well as the political meddling by Lincoln and congress, that led to this disasterous battle. A loss by the Union, but a turning point of the war against the Confederacy. They just can't keep up the war at this pace, running out of supplies and soldiers.


    19. Book was thouroughly researched, contained plenty of new information and definitely put you "in the woods" with the troops as well as the commanders and in the white house with Abraham but about a 5th of the books paragraphs started with grammatical errors, seems Stephen Sears and his editor got lazy towards the end, after all this is pretty large book. Every detail of the battle is layed out and easy to understand. Should read along with Ferguson's book


    20. Another Sears masterpiece. If military history doesn't interest you, then look away But this manages to convey the detail without losing sight of the humanity, the role of chance and the close calls. Lee's greatest victory perhaps but at such high cost. An interesting subtext is the Union intelligence operation which gets so much right but ultimately makes things worse when human interpretation is added. Not working Comms? Sounded just like Arnhem a few generations earlier .


    21. Excellent book on the battle of Chancellorsville. Besides Antietam, It was the second bloodiest battle that was fought during the Civil War. The death toll was 21,357 for the two armies together. The Battle of Chancellorsville was where Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was accidentally shot and wounded by his own men during a night patrol. Jackson's left arm was amputated due to the serious wound where he later died from pneumonia.


    22. Extremely well detailed and thorough, and the only account I've heard that offered the breakdown of communications with the new-fangled field telegraph wires as a contributing factor to the decisions of Hooker and Sedgwick. Considering this account the mid-point of the war, and taking a break in my reading for a few weeks, and focusing on 2 fictions.


    23. Excellent and recommended. Sears does a great job of balancing his narrative -- provides an overall situation awareness of the battle from plan to aftermath with details concerning key commanders and personal narratives. Lots of take-aways and learned much. Will walk the battlefield this spring and will certainly take this work along with me.


    24. Sears is one of the best authors I have ever read on the American Civil War. He gives a great account of both the strategic and tactical aspects of the battle and the perspective of the leaders and common soldier. His analysis of the situation, options, and decisions made by commanders is top notch and at the same time incredibly readable


    25. Superb so fighting joe was not the buffoon we have been led to believeOutmanoeuvred lee had. Great plan then ruined by poor subordinates with no imitative or drive (Howard. Stone man Sedgwick ). Lousy communications via the telegraph and finally bad luck (concussed and out of commission at the crux of the battle). He could have one even after jackson a turning movement Gripping stuff


    26. Lots of detailsGood read about all the events leading up to Chancellorsville. Politics and military wrangling alike. Would recommend this as a good start to finish of this historic battle



    27. I think the case could be made that when Sears writes the account of a battle it becomes the definitive work. Chancellorsville reinforces that position yet again. Excellent. Readable. Thorough.


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