We wanted to take a moment to thank John F. Cummings III and Stevenson Ridge for having Chris Mackowski, Daniel Davis, and me out to speak for their symposium covering the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville.
Chris covered one of his favorite topics, The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson. His lively presentation was a joy to watch, as well as being very informative. If you ever get a chance to see Chris present this talk in your area, go and see it–it will be more than worth your time.
Dan spoke on the role of George Stoneman and his cavalry in the Chancellorsville Campaign. Dan’s expertise on the mounted wing of Hooker’s army is impressive. He was able to bring this often-overlooked aspect of the campaign into perspective.
John, who has been a long-time friend and serves as the Chairman of the Friends of Fredericksburg Area Battlefields, talked about the material culture surrounding the battle and its memory. John drew upon his great collection of battlefield photography to bring his portion of the symposium to life.
For my end of things, I spoke on the Second Battle of Fredericksburg and Salem Church. This talk was based around the opportunities that John Sedgwick’s force presented to Hooker throughout the campaign and how Hooker failed to capitalize upon them. Of course, the tale is fresh in my mind because of the new book Chris and I just wrote, Chancellorsville’s Forgotten Front!
Again, we would like to thank John, Stevenson Ridge, and all of those who attended the symposium. Also, I want to send a special shout out to Phill Greenwalt, who attended, took pictures, and did live updates on our Facebook page.