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The Battle of Chancellorsville casualties totaled 12,764 from the Confederate side and 17,287 from the Union side. This battle is considered to be the heigh of Robert E. Lee’s military career. Though he was greatly outnumbered, he won the victory through sheer tactical brilliance. However, this is where he also lost more soldiers than any of his battles, including the Battle of Antietam.

BATTLE OF CHANCELLORSVILLE CASUALTIES (MAY 1–4, 1863)

Source Confederate Union
Alexander, Fighting for the Confederacy 1,665 killed

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9,081 wounded

2,018 missing

1,575 killed

9,594 wounded

5,676 missing

Alexander, Lost Victories 13,156* 16,804*
Alexander, Lost Victories 13,156* 16,804*
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Beringer et al., Why the South 10,746

(18.7% k&w)

and

12,700* (21%)

11,116

 

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16,800 (15%)

Bradford, Oxford Atlas 12,800* 17,300*
Cobb, American Battlefields 12,821* 17,278*
Current, Encyclopedia 10,746*

and

c. 13,000*

11,116*

 

c. 18,000*

Eicher, Longest Night 1,665 killed

9,081 wounded

2,018 missing

1,606 killed

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9,762 wounded

5,919 missing

Esposito, West Point Atlas 13,000* 17,000*
Fox, Regimental Losses 1,665 killed

9,081 wounded

2,018 missing

1,606 killed

9,762 wounded

5,919 missing

Freeman, Lieutenants 1,683 killed  

9,277 wounded

2,196 missing

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Fuller, Grant and Lee 18.7% k&w 11.4% k&w
Gallagher, Civil War 12,674* 17,287*
Hattaway & Jones, How the North 1,665 killed

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9,081 wounded

2,018 missing

(21%)

1,606 killed

9,762 wounded

5,919 missing

(15%)

Heidler & Heidler, Encyclopedia 13,000* 18,000*
Hess, “Spades” 13,460* 17,304*
Johnson & Buel, Battles and Leaders 1,649 killed

9,106 wounded

1,708 missing

1,606 killed

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9,762 wounded

5,919 missing

Livermore, Numbers 1,665 killed

9,081 wounded

2,018 missing

1,575 killed

9,594 wounded

5,676 missing

Lowe, “Field Fortifications” 11,100 10,750
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McPherson, Atlas 14,000* 17,000*
McWhiney & Jamieson, Attack 10,746 (18.7%) 11,116 (11.4%)
Nichols, Reynolds 12,821* 17,278*
Nolan, “Demolishing the Myth” 10,746 (18.7%) 11,116 (11.4%)
Phisterer, Statistics 12,281* 1,512 killed

9,518 wounded

5,000 missing

Weigley, American Way of War <13,000* > 17,000*
Author’s Best Estimate: 12,764* 17,287*

 

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