American Civil War: The Battle of Fredericksburg

December 14, 2022

The Battle of Fredericksburg was a key conflict in the American Civil War, fought between the Union and Confederate armies on December 13, 1862. Confederate General Robert E. Lee led the Confederate forces, while Union Major General Ambrose Burnside commanded the Union troops.

The battle took place in the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia, with the Union army attacking the Confederate positions on Marye’s Heights, a series of hills overlooking the city. Despite being vastly outnumbered, the Confederate forces were able to hold their ground and repel the Union attacks.

The Union army suffered heavy casualties in the battle, with over 12,000 soldiers being killed or wounded. In contrast, the Confederate army only lost around 5,000 men. The Union army’s failure to capture Marye’s Heights was a major setback for their campaign in Virginia, and dealt a significant blow to their morale.

In the end, the Battle of Fredericksburg was a decisive victory for the Confederacy and a significant loss for the Union. It demonstrated the military prowess of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and solidified his reputation as one of the most capable military leaders of the Civil War.



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