The stunning Confederate victory at Chancellorsville came at an
enormous cost: an estimated 13,000 Confederate casualties. The most
prominent, of course, was Stonewall Jackson, who was wounded by
friendly fire and died several days later, on 10 May 1863. This
Civil War Short presents Robert K. Krick's authoritative
investigation into the incident that resulted in Jackson's death.
This work was originally published as "The Smoothbore Volley That
Doomed the Confederacy" in Chancellorsville: The Battle and Its
, edited by Gary Gallagher, which places the
Chancellorsville campaign in a broad context and demonstrates how
its significance reverberated beyond the battlefield.
UNC Press Civil War Shorts excerpt rousing narratives from
distinguished books published by the University of North Carolina
Press on the military, political, social, and cultural history of
the Civil War era. Produced exclusively in ebook format, they focus
on pivotal moments and figures and are intended to provide a
concise introduction, stir the imagination, and encourage further
exploration of the topic. For in-depth analysis, contextualization,
and perspective, we invite readers to consider the original
publications from which these works are drawn.