From Antietam to Chancellorsville: September 1862 to May 1863

“fighting Joe” Hooker

How badly were the Federals whipped? How did they feel after Chancellorsville?

Oddly enough, the Army of the Potomac was in decent shape. There were regiments and even divisions in bad shape (“[It] was the first to break on May 2nd and is in a most disgusting condition as to discipline and morale,” a Massachusetts colonel wrote with regard to the 24th Regiment, but the army as a whole was ready to stand on the defensive and protect Washington, D.C. President Lincoln, on the other hand, was truly beside himself. A good friend visited him the day he received the news. All Lincoln could say, time and again, was “My God! What will the country say!”


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