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The Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg

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December 11-15 marks the anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862.  This is one of my favorite battlefields to study in Virginia (topped only by Chancellorsville and Manassas).  Fredericksburg is one of those battles that sticks in your mind that makes you contemplate some of the battles of the Great War fifty-two years later.  Both this battle and the Great War share in what was seen as the senseless slaughter of honorable men for little gains.  While I write a lot of Great War history books, one of my less-than-secret loves is study of the American Civil War.

General Ambrose Burnside, often maligned for his handling of the battle, was north of Warrenton when he got the word that Major General George B. McClellan was relieved of command of the Army of the Potomac.  President Lincoln wanted action and General wanted to oblige.  His plan, rather…

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