U. S. CIVIL WAR
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The letters in parentheses (   ), below, refer to locations on this map.
Chancellorsville Inn - 1863.   (B)
When the Confederates finally overran Chancellorsville, their cannon
fire destroyed the Chancellorsville inn. It was on the porch of this house
that Union General Hooker was injured when cannon fire almost killed him.
Some writers believe the injury affected his later decisions
regarding the battle. The 1863 photograph, above, shows the condition of
the inn about one year after the battle. The 2000 photograph, below, shows the
foundation of the inn which faces the now heavily traveled
State Route 3 (The old Orange Turnpike).
Chancellorsville Inn - 2000.   (B)
General Joseph Hooker to Abraham Lincoln, May 3, 1863.
(First page of telegram reporting the battle at Chancellorsville)
From Joseph Hooker to Abraham Lincoln1, May 3, 1863
[Note 1 The following is a report on the battle of Chancellorsville.]
Recd 4. P.M
May 3. 1863.
Hd Qrs A of P near
Chancellorsville 1.25. P.M.
by orderly to U. S. Ford thence
by telegraph -- 3.30 P.M. May 3.
We have had a desperate fight yesterday & today which has resulted in no success
to us having lost a position of two lines which had been selected for our
It is now 1.30 & there is still some firing of artillery. We may have another
turn at it this P. M. I do not despair of success. If Sedgwick could have gotten
up there could have been but one result. As it is impossible for me to know the
exact position of Sedgwick as regards his ability to advance & take part in the
engagement, I cannot tell when it will End.2
[Note 2 John Sedgwick's 6th Corps finally advanced on May 3 but was forced to
retreat on the evening of May 4.]
We will endeavor to do our best. My troops are in good spirits,
We have fought desperately today. No General ever Commanded a more devoted army,
Joseph Hooker to Abraham Lincoln, May 3, 1863 (Telegram reporting battle at
Chancellorsville). Transcribed and annotated by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox
College, Galesburg, Illinois. Available at Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library
of Congress, Manuscript Division (Washington, D.C.: American Memory Project,
[2000-02]), http:/memory.loc.gov/ammem/alhtml/alhome.shtml, accessed [March 23,
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