After occupying Marye's Heights on May 3, Sedgwick's VI Corps marched out on the Plank Road with the objective of reaching US General Joseph Hooker's force at Chancellorsville. He was delayed by Wilcox's brigade of CSA General Jubal Early's force at Salem Church.
During the afternoon and night, Lee detached two of his divisions from the Chancellorsville lines and marched them to Salem Church.
Several Union assaults were repulsed the next morning with heavy casualties, and the Confederates counterattacked, gaining some ground.
After dark, Sedgwick withdrew across two pontoon bridges at Scott's Dam under a harassing artillery fire.
Hearing that Sedgwick had been repulsed, Hooker abandoned the campaign, recrossing on the night of May 5-6 to the north bank of the Rappahannock.
Result(s): Confederate victory
Location: Spotsylvania County
Campaign: Chancellorsville Campaign (April-May 1863) previous battle in campaign Campaigns
Date(s): May 3-4, 1863
Principal Commanders: Major General John Sedgwick [US]; General Robert E. Lee [CS]
Forces Engaged: Corps
Estimated Casualties: 5,000 total