A new book, Chancellorsville's Forgotten Front, tells the story of the battles of Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church, May 3, 1863, and the central roles they played in Lee's final Southern victory.
Authors Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White have long appreciated how close the Southern army came to grief and the Union to stunning success and have now written about it.
The tale they weave tells of how Lee's triumph played out as it did because of Salem Church-Chancellorsville's forgotten front-where Union soldiers once more faced the horror of an indomitable wall of stone and an undersized Confederate division stood up to a Union juggernaut.
I can't wait to read about our last great success. I get so tired and discouraged reading of Confederate losses and near misses, and how our Generals generally messed up. This will be a bright spot!