Friday, May 1, 1863
In the evening Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson met along the Orange Plank Road to discuss a bold plan to divide the Confederate army once again, with Stonewall leading a force around the flank of the Union army and striking it from the rear as General Lee's main force attacks the Union army from the front. Jackson's plan was bold and risky, as it necessitated another division of the Confederate army. General Lee approved the plan and Jackson began his flanking move.1
1Richard F. Miller, Harvard's Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2005), 232.