Across Five Aprils - Chapter 10 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 10 Summary

Chancellorsville is devastating to the Union when seventeen thousand Northern soldiers are either killed or captured in May 1863. Nicknamed "Fighting Joe Hooker," General Hooker held high hopes for the North but was no match to Confederate Robert E. Lee. Only weeks before, the papers spoke highly of the General who replaced Burnside and now they are "screaming for his head."

Late June 1863, a letter arrives from Shadrach. He speaks sternly of the Army of the Potomac, suggesting Jenny not hold optimism of their future together. The next letter from John is more upbeat, being less about the army and more about home. Eb writes telling of the hardships now that he has returned to duty. He is not treated kindly by his fellow soldiers, but takes it in toll for payment of his earlier desertion.

Public opinion is wondering what in the world Grant is doing. Newspapers...

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