Stephen W. Sears is a great writer and who will read this book, he will understand it ! Indeed he tells you the story without a preconceived idea, but with a great historical research and a deep psychological examination of the men involved in such a fight he is able to make you understand how and why everything happened in that way. He is able with very few words to make understand the true character of the participants to this battle , about Howard (the commander of the Eleventh Corps destroyed in the battle and that fled at Gettysburg) he writes:" Howard was a West Pointer and courageous enough but he was not strong willed and forceful in command. Howard's passion was religious ortodoxy...All in all...The Eleventh Corps would go in campaign under a general it neither liked nor trusted".
Chancellorsville has been, on my opinion, the brightest Confederate victory , the Robert E. Lee's masterpiece, Indeed, outnumbered two to one Lee violated the cardinal rule of military strategy, diving his own army in face of the enemy, sending Stonewall Jackson's Corps onn his famous twelve-mile march around the Union flank.
This book is based on personal accounts by soldiers on both sides and this makes you feel the smell of the powder.
if you are passionated about the American Civil War or you want to know everything the battle that made possible for the Confederate Army to try again to invade the North, you have to read this book