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Chancellorsville April 30 – May 6, 1863

During the Civil War, the Stevens family gave three lives to the Union cause:  Colonel William O. Stevens (1828 – 1863), commander of the 72nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Excelsior Brigade, at the Battle of Chancellorsville; his half-brother First Lieutenant Gorham Phillips Stevens (1841 – 1862) following the Battle of Williamsburg; and a cousin Major General Isaac I. Stevens (1818 – 1862) at the Battle of Chantilly. Isaac Stevens’ son, Brevet Brigadier General and Assistant Adjutant General Hazard Stevens  (1842 – 1918), who was severely wounded at the Battle of Chantilly, recovered and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for “extraordinary heroism” for the capture of the Confederate installation at Fort Huger, Virginia on April 19, 1863. Brief biographies of the brave men from this remarkable family are the subjects of this blog.

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Orrin L. Gatchell, a private in Company D of the 72nd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment of the Excelsior Brigade, was wounded in the Battle of Chancellorsville. He wrote about his wounds to his family in Anson, Maine in his letter of May 8, 1863.

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General Joseph Hooker, a graduate of West Point honored for Meritorious Service in the Mexican-American War and in the Battle of Fredericksburg in the Civil War, is appointed to lead the Army of the Potomac in the Battle of Chancellorsville to break the Union Army's losing streak of defeats at First Manassas, the Peninsula Campaign Second Manassas and, most recently, Fredericksburg. Will he provide President Lincoln with a much-needed victory at Chancellorsville and bring an end to the war by capturing the Confederate capital at Richmond? Or will his personal shortcomings result in another Union defeat?

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