Timeline For The Battle of Chancellorsville

The Beginning
April 26 - May 1, 1863

April 26: Federal I and VI Corps cross the river and demonstrate against Lee's Fredericksburg defenses

April 27: Federal V, XI and XII Corps concentrate, preparing to move upriver.

April 29: Federals cross, Kelly, Ford against slight opposition before splitting their columns.

April 29. Meade's V Corps secures Ely's Ford during the evening.

April 29: Howard's XI Corps and Slocomb's XII Corps cross Germanna Ford during the evening.

April 30: Sykes Division of V Corps uncovers U.S. Ford for the two Federal corps to cross.

April 30: Hooker reunites, the right wing of the Army of the Potomac.

April 30: J.E.B. Stuart's Confederate cavalry clings to the Federal column, sending Lee information as to its strength.

April 30 - May 1: Lee divides his army, leaving Early at Fredricksburg while the remainder move toward Chancellorsville.

The End
May 1-6, 1863

May 1, pm: Hooker's Federal army assumes a strong defensive position around Chancellorsville.

May 1, late pm: Lee receives news that hooker's left is weak, and plans an attack with Jackson for May 2.

May 2, 7:00 am-5:00 pm: Jackson marches 27,000 troops around Hooker while Lee keeps pressure on the Federals with the remaining 13,000.

May 2, 12:00 Noon-5:00pm: Sickles III Corps attempts to attack Jackson's column but tangles with Lee's force instead.

May 2, 5:15pm: Jackson routs the Union XI Corps with a surprise attack.

May 2, 9:30pm: Jackson is accidentally shot by his own troops command passes to J.E.B Stuart.

May 3, 5:00-10:00am: Lee and Stuart reunite after a desperate morning of punishing frontal attacks.

May 3, 12:30pm: Lee is diverted from attacking Hooker's last line by an urgent message from Early at Fredericksburg.

May 3-4: Lee blocks Federal advance and counterattacks. Meanwhile, 4 miles east, Sedgwick's VI Corps captures Early's defenses and set out for Chancellorsville.

May 6: Hooker retreats across the river before Lee can attack.
Source: "The Atlas of the Civil War" by James M. McPherson

This page last updated 02/16/02