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Battle of Chancellorsville
By Steve Haas

The Army, though, the Army of the Potomac, was not beaten, and the men knew they had not been beaten. Certainly, it had the XI Corps to place solid blame for their defeat, and that helped, but the men knew that it was the generals who lost this battle, not the men. The spirit of the army was not broken, though their faith in their leadership might have been shaken. This spirit would show itself two months later when, at Gettysburg, the army would revenge itself by soundly defeating the Confederate army in open battle.

Army of the Potomac:
I Corps – 299
II Corps – 1,925
III Corps – 4,119
V Corps – 700
VI Corps – 4,610
XI Corps – 2,412
XII Corps – 2824
Cavalry – 389
Total – 17,278, (13% of the total forces engaged.)

Army of Northern Virginia
Anderson – 1,445
McLaws – 1,775
Corps artillery – 106
A.P. Hill – 2,940
Rodes – 10,063
Early – 8,596
Colston – 6,989
Corps artillery – 80
General Artillery Reserve – 3
Cavalry – 111
Total – 12,821 (22% of the forces engaged) [1]

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Copyright © 2000 Steve Haas

Written by Steve Haas.

Published online: 06/04/2000.

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