Confederate Military History: The Fredericksburg Campaign (Illustrated) [NOOK Book]

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Confederate Military History is a 12-volume series of books written and/or edited by former Confederate general Clement A. Evans that deals with specific topics related to the military personalities, places, battles, and campaigns in various Southern United States, including those of the Confederacy.

Written with a heavy Southern slant, the articles that comprise the compendium deal with the famous events of the war. This account is of the ...
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Confederate Military History: The Fredericksburg Campaign (Illustrated)

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Overview

Confederate Military History is a 12-volume series of books written and/or edited by former Confederate general Clement A. Evans that deals with specific topics related to the military personalities, places, battles, and campaigns in various Southern United States, including those of the Confederacy.

Written with a heavy Southern slant, the articles that comprise the compendium deal with the famous events of the war. This account is of the Battle of Fredericksburg. Burnside was commander of the Army of the Potomac in December 1862, during which he commanded the disastrous Battle of Fredericksburg. After having trouble crossing the Rappahannock to reach the city, his army attacked strongly fortified positions on Marye’s Heights piecemeal, leading to high casualty rates without coming close to dislodging the Confederates. After the defeat, Burnside retreated back across the river.

This edition of the Confederate Military History’s The Fredericksburg Campaign is specially formatted with a map of the battle and pictures of important military commanders.
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  • BN ID: 2940013370401
  • Publisher: Charles River Editors
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,110,883
  • File size: 785 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    A Brief, But Solid Work on the Fredericksburg Campaign

    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.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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