Tag Archives: Burnside

Heroic Burnside

By this point in 1862, Ambrose Burnside’s excellent plan for a late-year campaign had already begun to unravel. His Right Grand Division under Maj. Gen. Edwin V. Sumner stole a march on Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and, … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Message To The Army

What did President Lincoln have to say to his soldiers after the Battle of Fredericksburg? We dug into the ECW archives and found Chris Mackowski’s post from 2013 to answer the question. Here’s the original article, recounting Lincoln’s Dec. 22, … Continue reading

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“Hey, General Burnside, why don’t we just wade across?”

Kris White’s excellent series on the bombardment and looting of Fredericksburg brings to mind one of the most enduring misunderstandings about the battle. The story goes like this: The Union army, trapped on the north side of the Rappahannock River, … Continue reading

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