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On this day in the Civil War, Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia leave Maryland after the bloody battle of Antietam the previous day.

This ends General Lee’s invasion of the North.

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On this day in the Civil War, the Federal Army of the Potomac under General George McClellan fight against Confederate forces led by General Joseph E. Johnston at the Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia.

General Johnston is wounded in the battle. Confederate President Jefferson Davis appoints General Robert E. Lee to command the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

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General Joseph E. Johnston

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

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

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)

On this day in the Civil War, the Confederate Army defeats the Federal Army of the Potomac at the Battle of Chancellorsville, through a flanking action led by Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Tragedy strikes the Confederate Army when Jackson is wounded by his own men and undergoes an amputation of his arm. The arm is given a proper burial at the Ellwood Plantation family cemetery in Virginia.

When Confederate General Robert E. Lee learns of the amputation of General Jackson’s arm, he states “He has lost his left arm, but I my right.”

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For further information on visiting Ellwood Plantation:

https://www.nps.gov/frsp/learn/historyculture/ellwood.htm

 

This was the residence of Robert E. Lee.