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On this day in the Civil War, Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson dies of pneumonia at Guinea Station, Virginia. Several days earlier, Jackson was wounded at the Battle of Chancellorsville. His dying words are: “Let us pass over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.”

 

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General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

                                                                                                 

On this day in the Civil War, the Federal army’s flanking move after the Battle of the Wilderness, is stopped by Confederates. This action starts the bloody Battle of Spotsylvania.

On this day in the Civil War, after the bloody battle of the Wilderness, Federal General U.S. Grant plans to flank the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. The Confederate army is led by General Robert E. Lee.

In conferring with one of his officers, General Lee states: “General Grant is not going to retreat. He will move his army to Spotsylvania…I am so sure of his next move that I have already made arrangements to march by the shortest practicable route, so that we may meet him there.”

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General Robert E. Lee

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On this day in the Civil War, Union General Joseph Hooker makes this statement to his army: “The men are to be commended on the achievements of the past seven days.”

The irony of this statement is that the Union army suffered a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Chancellorsville.

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General Joseph Hooker

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On this day in the Civil War, the Confederate army under General Robert E. Lee clashes with the Union Army of the Potomac under General Ulysses S. Grant at the Battle of the Wilderness. After several days of fighting, in which the Confederate army prevails, General Grant surprises his troops by continuing to press toward Richmond instead of retreating. A Union officer describes Grant’s tenacity by stating that he: “Habitually wears an expression as if he had determined to drive his head through a brick wall and was about to do it.” 

On this day in the Civil War, Federal forces under General John Sedgwick clash with Confederate forces at the Battle of Salem Church. Sedgwick’s troops retreat from the battlefield during the night of May 4th.