Battle of Fredericksburg

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The Battle of Fredericksburg was a major battle of the American Civil War, fought through the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia, in the history books as December 11-15, 1862, but chiefly on December 13-14, 1862. Union General Ambrose Burnside threw his forces across the Rappahannock River, but he delayed too long in putting his plan into action, giving Confederate General Robert E. Lee time to bring his forces into the heights above the city. The Union troops were mowed down by those of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee on the heights above.

My great grandfather Samuel Wood, a member of the 132nd regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, was in the battle. According to an account written by one of the regiment’s officers, they marched up the main street of the town, directly against the Confederate bombardment from Maryle’s Heights above. Few were as lucky as my great grandfather and survived. (His younger brother died of typhoid in a camp hospital on the eve of the battle.)

I bought this T-shirt in Fredericksburg when I visited the town and battle site.

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