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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 04, 1863

Retreat from Chancellorsville, Casualty Numbers

Robert E. Lee returned to Chancellorsville, prepared to renew his assault on the Army of the Potomac under the command of General Joseph Hooker. But Hooker had retreated even further and Lee’s army had undergone two heavy days of fighting, so no new frontal attack occurred on this day. Casualties in the battle had been high - approximately 14,000 for the Confederates and 17,000 for the Union.