Battle of Fredericksburg

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Battle of Fredericksburg

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Lee was an american soldier best known for commanding the confederate army of northern virginia in the american civil war in 1865. Robert Edward Lee seemed destined for military greatness. Lee served as superintendent of West Point, and was therefore responsible for educating many of the men who would later serve under him. Abraham Lincoln offered Lee the command of the Federal forces in April 1861. His first military engagement of the Civil War occurred at Cheat Mountain, Virginia, but the union won that battle. Lee’s reputation withstood the public criticism that followed. 12,653 Union casualties (1,284 dead) and 5,309 Confederate casualties (595 dead).

Battle of Fredricks BergDec. 1862Robert E. Lee Vs. Ambrose Burnside

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The Battle of Fredericksburg was fought December 11–15, 1862, in and around Fredericksburg, Virginia, between General Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Major General Ambrose Burnside. the Union Army under A. E. Burnside was defeated by the Confederate Army under Robert E. Lee. The Battle of Fredericksburg saw more troops engaged than any other battle of the American Civil War, almost 200,000 men. The Battle of Fredericksburg was an early battle of the civil war and stands as one of the greatest Confederate victories. Burnside ordered one futile frontal attack after another against the entrenched Confederate forces on the high ground of Marye’s Heights, generating astounding Union casualties that eventually reached twice that of Confederate casualties. Colonel Charles Wheelock of the 97th New York protested the new arrangement and the resulting loss of seniority. He was frankly informed by Gibbon that the Army was a profession and that some men were simply better soldiers than others. The continual movement of the various armies through the region had stripped the countryside of food. The soldiers had to survive on Army-issued hardtack, salt beef and black coffee that always seemed to be in short supply. By early December the weather had turned bitterly cold, and green firewood had to be carried into camp from half a mile away. The positions held by the Confederates were not strongly fortified. Frozen ground and the lack of time and digging tools had prevented the Southern soldiers from entrenching and building substantial field fortifications. Instead, priority had been placed on building the military road that ran along the ridge into Fredericksburg. Thomas Jackson,Thomass R.R. Cobb, and Maxey Gregg acheived a name in honor after they died. The union lost and the confederate won the battle of fredricksburg.

Robert E. Lee's Importance In The Battle.

Robert E. Lee.Confederates become victorious!


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