Tag Archives: Battle of Fredericksburg

A Post-Fredericksburg Message from Lincoln to the Army

For a president renowned for his literary skills, President Lincoln’s message to the Army of the Potomac following its loss at the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862, stands out as a particularly feeble piece of writing. Certainly the … Continue reading

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“Respect the Flag” and the Breakthrough at Prospect Hill

In commemoration of the battle of Fredericksburg 151 years ago today, we offer up a piece passed along to us by Daniel Weinfeld, an ECW reader with the White Plains (NY) Civil War Roundtable. This is a poem by Rev. … Continue reading

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A Stop Along the River: Fredericksburg 151

I walked down to the banks for the Rappahannock River last night. I’d had a lovely dinner with family at one of William Street’s excellent restaurants, and walking back to the car, I had an open view down the hill … Continue reading

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Upcoming Presentations: December

December: 4th: Chris Mackowski, “Crossroads of Fire: The Battle of Chancellorsville,” at the White Plains Historical Society (White Plains, NY)—rescheduled 9th: Chris Mackowski, “Grant’s Last Battle: The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant,“ at the Western North Carolina Civil War Roundtable (Sylva, NC) 11th: Kristopher White, “It … Continue reading

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Upcoming Presentations: November-December

November: 1st-2nd: Lee White, “The Battle of Chickamauga” and “The Battle of Stones River,” at 1863: The Decisive Year of the Civil War (Greencastle, PA): Day 1 and Day 2 3rd: Chris Kolakowski at Civil War New York Conference (Albany, NY) 9th: Edward Alexander at Mount … Continue reading

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First Cousin, Once Removed: Edwin Gray Lee

This is the third installment of the “Tales from the Tombstone” series  His grandfather  was Edmund Jennings Lee, Sr. a brother of “Light Horse Harry” Lee. Hisfather stayed out of politics altogether. With a last name of Lee and a … Continue reading

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Burnside’s Sword

One cool part of my experience in Fredericksburg last week that I didn’t yet get to mention: Ambrose Burnside’s sword is on display in the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center. A Pennsylvania collector, Alan Genetti, has loaned the sword to the … Continue reading

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The House Along the Sunken Road

Many of you may have noticed the small white house in the picture on our Facebook page. The picture is, of course, the famous Sunken Road at Fredericksburg. You may be wondering about the small white wooden house that sits … Continue reading

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The Fight for Prospect Hill….Conclusion

Major General George G. Meade and his men endured the artillery bombardment any way they could. Meade, like his Confederate counter parts, tried to keep his men calm and inspire confidence. Meade rode up to Colonel William “Buck” McCandless, Meade … Continue reading

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The Fight for Prospect Hill….Part 2

Artillerist David McIntosh recalled the morning of battle. “Our expectations were excited all the more from the fact that a heavy fog hung over the plain concealing it from our view.   But though we could not see through the fog, … Continue reading

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