The Fredericksburg Campaign: Decision on the Rappahannock / Edition 1

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"It is well this is so terrible! We should grow too fond of it," said General Robert E. Lee as he watched his troops repulse the Union attack at Fredericksburg on 13 December 1863. This collection of seven original essays by leading Civil War historians reinterprets the bloody Fredericksburg campaign and places it within a broader social and political context. By analyzing the battle's antecedents as well as its aftermath, the contributors challenge some long-held assumptions about the engagement and clarify our picture of the war as a whole. The book begins with revisionist assessments of the leadership of Ambrose Burnside and Robert E. Lee and features a portrait of the conduct and attitudes of one group of northern troops who participated in the failed assaults at Marye's Heights. Other essays examine how both armies reacted to the battle and how the northern and southern homefronts responded to news of the carnage at Fredericksburg. A final chapter explores the impact of the battle on the residents of the Fredericksburg area and assesses changing Union attitudes about the treatment of Confederate civilians.
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Editorial Reviews

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The new perspectives contained in this volume are almost all fresh and provocative and based upon admirable scholarship. No study of the war in the Eastern Theater will be complete without this volume.—Civil War Regiments

Sometimes controversial, always stimulating, The Fredericksburg Campaign is a 'cutting-edge' volume that will enlighten and please students of the Civil War. Indeed, one can hardly wait for Gallagher's next book.—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Each of the pieces is well researched and well written, and the authors have presented their theses clearly. Well-drawn maps assist the reader in following the battle events. . . . Gallagher's book will be fun for Civil War scholars and enthusiasts. The authors have presented clearly written essays packed with ideas.—Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807858950
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Series: Military Campaigns of the Civil War Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,454,822
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia and author or editor of numerous books, including Lee and His Army in Confederate History and The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864 (both from the University of North Carolina Press).

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Table of Contents

Introduction, vii
The Making of a Myth: Ambrose E. Burnside and the Union High Command at Fredericksburg William Marvel, 1
Confederate Leadership at Fredericksburg Alan T. Nolan, 26
It Is Well That War Is So Terrible: The Carnage at Fredericksburg George C. Rable, 48
The Forlorn Hope: Brig. Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys's Pennsylvania Division at Fredericksburg Carol Reardon, 80
The Yanks Have Had a Terrible Whipping: Confederates Evaluate the Battle of Fredericksburg Gary W. Gallagher, 113
Barbarians at Fredericksburg's Gate: The Impact of the Union Army on Civilians William A. Blair, 142
Morale, Maneuver, and Mud: The Army of the Potomac, December 16, 1862-January 26, 1863 A. Wilson Greene, 171
Bibliographic Essay, 229
Contributors, 233
Index, 235

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