Kate & Maggie started this morning for the city, each taking a trunk. Kate had 340 dollars, Maggie 140, nearly five hundred dollars between them to spend. Mrs. G. W. Bailey & Maggie Stapleton called, also Betsey Bailey. Today’s Gazzette says Hooker is again South of the Rappahannock, the 1st Army Corp to which Rufus belongs in the advance.
U. S. General Hooker had been defeated by Lee at Chancellorsville. Rufus Dawes wrote to Mary Gates:
The reason General Hooker recrossed the river was because he was outgeneraled and defeated, -- a humiliating confession, I own, but I believe true.Accounts of the battle of Chancellorsville are here and here.