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After the Union soldiers entered the Wilderness, Robert ordered Ewell and Hill to attack. This was in the same thickly wooded area where Jackson had defeated Hooker the year before. The Union soldiers became lost and confused in the thick 55 56 ROBERT E. LEE O woods. B. Stuart invited Robert to watch his cavalry of soldiers that had been killed in that first battle. parade. The men and horses Longstreet joined the attack were dressed in their best the next day. The Confeder- uniforms. Robert was happy ates won the Second Battle to see his sons and nephews there.

Robert was unable to ride his horse for several weeks afterward. President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan to free all the slaves in the South. His Emancipation Proclamation would take effect on January 1, 1863. This angered Southerners and made them even more determined to fight. Ambrose Burnside, a Northern general, took over command of the Army of the Potomac. In December 1862, Burnside marched his army across the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Robert’s troops watched A Difficult Decision from Marye’s Heights above the river.

Robert had only 60,000. At the end of April, Hooker took his troops across 43 44 ROBERT E. LEE the Rappahannock River. He planned to attack the Confederates and cut them off from their supply routes. Robert knew he was outnumbered. He took a chance and split his army three ways. He sent General Jackson into an area called the Wilderness with 26,000 men. The Wilderness was a large forest with thick woods and vines. When the soldiers came out of the woods, Jackson would be in position to attack Hooker from the right side and from behind.

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