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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

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress) 

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.

On this day in the Civil War, the funeral train of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln reaches Springfield, Illinois.