Salem Church, VA
Chancellorsville Campaign [April-May 1863]
Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick
Gen. Robert E. Lee
After occupying Marye’s Heights on May 3,
Sedgwick’s VI Corps marched out on the Plank
Road with the objective of reaching Hooker’s
force at Chancellorsville.
He was delayed by
Wilcox’s brigade of Early’s
force at Salem Church.
During the afternoon and night,
Lee detached two of his divisions
from the Chancellorsville lines and marched them to Salem Church.
Several Union assaults were repulsed the next
morning with heavy casualties, and the Confederates counterattacked, gaining
After dark, Sedgwick
withdrew across two pontoon bridges at Scott’s Dam under a harassing artillery
Hearing that Sedgwick
had been repulsed, Hooker abandoned the
campaign, and re-crossed to the north bank of the Rappahannock on the night of
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