This is why I love Ken Burn’s The Civil War. It pulls out the irony, the oddity, and the absurdity within the conflict.
It’s not really a proper documentary, but what it lacks in ‘documentation’, it makes up for in the raw scope of human experience.
General. William Tecumseh Sherman :)
William Tecumseh Sherman’s early military career was a near disaster, having to be temporarily relieved of command. He returned at the Battle of Shiloh to victory and then gathered 100,000 troops destroying Atlanta and devastating Georgia in his March to the Sea. Often credited with the saying, “war is hell,” he was a major architect of modern total war.
May 10th, 1863
Lt. Gen. Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson dies from complications after an amputation - a result of his own troops accidentally firing upon him one week previously at the Battle of Chancellorsville, hours after his famous flank attack.
Photograph of General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson
Accidentally shot by his own troops following the Battle of Chancellorsville, Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Robert E. Lee’s “right arm”, died of complications from his injury on May 10, 1863.
May 1st - May 4th, 1863
The Battle of Chancellorsville rages in Virginia between General Joseph Hooker’s Army of the Potomac and General Robert E Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Major incidents in the battle were: General ‘Stonewall’ Jackson’s famous flank march on May 2nd, the Second Battle of Fredericksburg on May 3rd and the Battle of Salem Church on May 3rd and 4th. The battles resulted in Confederate victory and Union retreat on May 4th, 5th and 6th.
Considering it’s the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville from today onwards this week, I thought I’d share one of my favourite little parts of Stephen Sears’ wonderful ‘Chancellorsville’:
…Another Georgian, Micajah D. Martin, described a Yankee shell tearing off his haversack and carrying it ”at least forty feet behind me, while my biscuits, bacon and sugar were scattered about promiscuously.” Several comrades, he added, were hit by the flying biscuits and thought they had been wounded…