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Posted December 26, 2012
While obviously sympathetic to the Confederate side of the battle (Clement A. Evans was a Confederate general), the author of this book managed to write a brief history of that battle that, without the use of battlefield maps, still managed to paint an image of that battle and the disaster that resulted for the Union Army of the Potomac under General Ambrose E. Burnside's command.
Anyone travelling to Fredericksburg to tour the battlefield would benefit from this overview, which includes both the action that occurred on Marye's Heights (Lee's left) and the action by Hamilton's Crossing on Prospect Hill (Lee's left, held by General Jackson).
The book also briefly mentions the activity of both the Armies (Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia) after the battle (their settling at winter quarters opposite each other on the banks of the Rappahannock River). All in all, a short and excellent read, which while sympathizing for the Confederate military strength (at this battle, even in smaller numbers), does do a commendable job of commenting on the valor of the Union soldiers and their attacks on Lee's left and right, and their artillery position on Stafford Heights.
(Extra bonus - a transcription of two letters from Lee after the battle regarding his thoughts on what he thought his opponent might do.)
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