13 December 2011

Anniversary: Battle of Fredericksburg

Today marks the anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg.

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 Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. The Union army's futile frontal assaults on December 13 against entrenched Confederate defenders on the heights behind the city is remembered as one of the most one-sided battles of the American Civil War, with Union casualties more than twice as heavy as those suffered by the Confederates.

There's a very nice animated map at CivilWar.org

Don't forget that you can follow the American Civil War as events happened each day, with a very nifty Android phone app

By: Brant

No comments: