Confederate Invasion of Maryland

June 3, 1863

General Robert E. Lee begins Confederate invasion of Maryland – leading to problems of military strategy and military command. “As he pursued Lee, a steady conflict developed between Hooker and Halleck, Hooker wanted complete control of troops in neighboring departments, but Halleck instructed only the department commanders to cooperate with Hooker,” wrote historian Bruce Tap.  “Army of the Potomac chief of staff Daniel Butterfield complained to Salmon Chase that Lincoln and Halleck overestimated the numbers in the Army of the Potomac, which was losing men every day because of the expiration of enlistment terms.  At the same time, Butterfield claimed that Lee was being substantially reenforced.  When Halleck denied Hooker’s request to command the troops stationed at Harpers Ferry, Hooker requested to be relieved of command.”

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