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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Fredericksburg, The Battle You Never Heard Of

The Largest Battle of the Civil War and you have never heard of it. Because the South kicked Yankee ass. General Lee took full advantage of the high ground and annihilated Yankee invaders in a rout!
You should visit the Battleground in Fredericksburg, there is a nice gift shop and museum there. Gettysburg gets the press, the north having won the war. But the Battle of Fredericksburg dwarfed Gettysburg, and the battle for states rights won an important victory for the South!
The Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862, involved nearly 200,000 combatants, the largest concentration of troops in any Civil War battle. Ambrose Burnside, the newly appointed commander of the Army of the Potomac, had ordered his more than 120,000 troops to cross the Rappahannock River, where they made a two-pronged attack on the right and left flanks of Robert E. Lee's 80,000-strong Army of Northern Virginia at Fredericksburg. On both ends, Lee's rebel defenders turned back the Union assault with heavy casualties (nearly 13,000), particularly from their high position atop Marye's Heights. The results of the battle sent Union morale plummeting and lent much-needed new energy to the Confederate cause.

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