Virtual Tour Stop, Jackson's Flank Attack
At 5:15 p.m., "Stonewall" Jackson's 30,000 veterans crashed into Howard's 9,000 mostly inexperienced troops. Caught by surprise, Devens division quickly broke. Howard tried desperately to rally Schurz's division, but it too quickly broke. A third line of Colonel Alolphus Buschbeck held briefly before it collapsed. Jackson had routed Howard's Corps opening the way for the Confederates to destroy Hooker's army.
Did You Know?
The battle of Chancellorsville was the biggest mismatch of the war. Yet the smaller Confederate army of 60,000 defeated the larger force of 130,000 - the biggest army of the war.