The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock

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The battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia, in December 1862 involved hundreds of thousands of men; produced staggering, unequal casualties (13,000 Federal soldiers compared to 4,500 Confederates); ruined the career of Ambrose E. Burnside; embarrassed Abraham Lincoln; and distinguished Robert E. Lee as one of the greatest military strategists of his era. Francis Augustín O'Reilly draws upon his intimate knowledge of the battlegrounds to discuss the unprecedented nature of Fredericksburg's warfare. Lauded for its ...

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Overview

The battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia, in December 1862 involved hundreds of thousands of men; produced staggering, unequal casualties (13,000 Federal soldiers compared to 4,500 Confederates); ruined the career of Ambrose E. Burnside; embarrassed Abraham Lincoln; and distinguished Robert E. Lee as one of the greatest military strategists of his era. Francis Augustín O'Reilly draws upon his intimate knowledge of the battlegrounds to discuss the unprecedented nature of Fredericksburg's warfare. Lauded for its vivid description, trenchant analysis, and meticulous research, his award-winning book makes for compulsive reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807131541
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 630
  • Sales rank: 1,352,978
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis Augustín O'Reilly is also the author of Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg: The Battle of Prospect Hill. He has written numerous articles on the Civil War and conducts extensive battlefield studies and tours throughout Virginia. He lives in Woodford, Virginia.

Francis Augustín O'Reilly is also the author of Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg: The Battle of Prospect Hill. He has written numerous articles on the Civil War and conducts extensive battlefield studies and tours throughout Virginia. He lives in Woodford, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Prologue: "Poor Burn Feels Dreadfully", The Winter Campaign of 1862 1
Chapter 1 "To Cripple The Rebel Cause": The Road to Fredericksburg 9
Chapter 2 "The Enemy Will be More Surprised": Countdown to Crossing 38
Chapter 3 "A Scene of Wildest Confusion": The Pontoon Crossings on December 11 57
Chapter 4 "A Fierce and Deadly Contest": Fighting in the Streets 79
Chapter 5 "The Most Gothic of Goths": The Sacking of Fredericksburg 102
Chapter 6 "The Jaws of Death": The Battle Begins 127
Chapter 7 "A Terrible Slaughter in Our Ranks": The Federal Breakthrough 166
Chapter 8 "Getting Hill Out O'Trouble": The Confederate Counterattack 198
Chapter 9 "Cheer Up, My Hearties!": French's Attack 246
Chapter 10 "The Valley of Death": Hancock's Attack 293
Chapter 11 "A Devil of a Time": Howard and Sturgis Attack 324
Chapter 12 "The Die is Cast": Deep Run and Griffin's Attack 355
Chapter 13 "The Gates of Hell": Final Assaults at Twilight 389
Chapter 14 "Deciding the Fate of Our Country": The Aftermath of Battle 430
Chapter 15 "Played Out!": Dumfries Raid and the Mud March 457
Epilogue: "Not the Same Troops We Started With" 494
Appendix (2006) The Order of the Battle 507
Notes 527
Bibliography 595
Index 623
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2003

    The Definitive History of the Fredericksburg Campaign

    Francis O'Reilly's book in a short time has become the Definitive history of the Fredericksburg Campaign for many years to come. The book is almost a minute by minute, blow by blow account of the battle. It starts of with the events leading up to the battle, and then the battle itself with most of the action taking place December 13. There were really two battles that day. The one everyone's familiar with at Marye's Heights and the other at Prospect Hill. The Prospect Hill battle was particularly savavge and the Union General Meade almost succeeded in breaking the Confederate line and routing them. Meade was the only Union General who almost succeeded at what he was ordered to do. The author let's the soldiers speak either from diaries or period accounts about this horrible battle. I've heard this book by O'Reilly, he has been compared to Gordon Rhea and John Hennessy, then I can't wait to read their books as well. Francis O'Reilly has wriiten the definitive book on the Fredericksburg Campaign and I would highly recommend buying this book for anyone interested in the Civil War or Military History.

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