Thursday, June 20, 2013

Georgians at Chancellorsville: Days 2 and 3

1st Lt. William Carraway
Public Affairs Office, Georgia Dept. of Defense


A Map of Jackson's flank attack on May 2, 1863
Courtesy of the Civil War Trust (www.civilwar.org)
Jackson’s March Begins
General Robert E. Lee surveyed the marching column of Infantry before him as it snaked generally west. At the head of the column of nearly 30,000 Confederates was the Georgia brigade of Brig. Gen. Alfred Colquitt. These Georgians were at the vanguard of what was to become the greatest flanking attack of the American Civil War.

As they passed Lee’s position at 7 a.m., May 2, 1863, Colquitt’s Georgians might have seen a mounted officer exchange a salute with the commanding general. No words were overheard, but the mounted figure gestured to the head of the column as his eyes blazed with a fierce blue intensity. Lee nodded and the figure rode on. Although they could not have known it at the time, Colquitt’s Georgians had witnessed the last meeting between Lee and his most trusted subordinate, Lt. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.