General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Chancellorsville
At the Battle of Chancellorsville, Lee and his most trusted general, Stonewall Jackson, daringly divided their army and attacked the flank of the Union troops lead by General Joseph Hooker, commander of the Army of the Potomac, defeating his superior forces. Unfortunately, following the battle, Jackson was accidentally shot by his own sentry and died soon after. On May 6, 1863, Lee issued an general order, or speech, suggesting a day of thanks. "General Orders No. 59" was published in the Harpers Weekly of May 23, 1863. Still hoping for Jackson's recovery, Lee ended the order with these lines: Let us not forget in our rejoicing the brave soldiers who have fallen in defense of their country; and while we mourn their loss let us resolve to emulate their noble example. The army and country alike lament the absence for a time of one to whose bravery, energy, and skill they are so much indebted for success.