Battle of Fredericksburg

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Battle of Fredericksburg

BATTLE of Fredericksburg

Map of Battle

Date: December 11-15 1862

Location: Fredericksburg Virgina

Result: Southern Victory

Union

Confederacy

Leaders

Strenght: 100,007

Killed: 13,353

Strenght: 17,497

Killed: 4,576

Leaders

Ambrose Everett Burnside was an American soldier. As a Union Army general in the American Civil War, he conducted successful campaigns in North Carolina and East Tennessee, but suffered disastrous defeats at the Battle of Fredericksburg

Robert Edward Lee was an American soldier known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865.

General Amhbrose Burnside was on march with his troops to take the Southern capitol of Richmond, VA. His plan was to cross the Rappahannock River at the same time his Pontoon Bridges arrived. But since the boats arrived 2 weeks late, General Robert E. Lee of the Confederacy had enough time to position his garrisons on the ridges above the city and call for reinforcments. When Union soldiers finnally crossed the river and stormed the city to attack Confederate forces, General Lee had formed a strong front. General Burnside within 2 hours had charged the ridges above the city 14 futile times. He could not break the Confederacy lines and was forced to retreat.

Aftermath

The Battle

The battle was won for the succsessful Confederacy forces who defended their capitol. They sufffered much less casualties as opposed to the defeated Union soldiers. The Union was forced to retreat and the Confederacy saved thier Southern Capitol.


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