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  • The Battle at Fredericksburg
  • Total Casualties 18,000
  • The Battle of Fredrickburg
  • Confederate Casualties 5,000
  • Union Casualties 13,000
  • December 11-15, 1862 
  • Who
  • General Ambrose Burnside 
  • General Robert E Lee
  • Why
  • -Was an early battle in the war -Poor coordination on union side, resulting in union loss
  • The Battle of Fredericksburg was an earlier battle in the civil war. It lies as one of the best confederate victories. Ambrose Burnside was the general for the Union after General George McClellan failed to beat the confederate in The Battle of Antietam. President Abraham Lincoln was hoping for a military victory by replacing general McClellan with General Burnside.
  • What
  • The two Generals of The Battle of Fredericksburg were General Ambrose Burnside and General Robert E Lee. General Ambrose Burnside was new “Commander-in-Chief” and was General George McClellan after his loss at The Battle of Antietam. General Burnside ordered a futile frontal attack after another against Confederate forces on high grounds of Marye Heights, which led to a numerous amounts of Union casualties, over twice the amount of Confederate casualties.
  • Where 
  • The location of Fredericksburg is in the North-Eastern reigion of the United States
  • The Union wanted to move to richmond, but in order for them to not get caught by Confederate troops, they had to move quickly. General Burnside ordered union soldiers to assemble bridges to cross over into Fredericksburg. Before the Union soldiers could barely assemble the bridges over General William Barksdale's mississippians fired at the union soldiers trying to assemble the bridge. Burnside ordered for them to be shelled in, but that didn't have an effect on the Confederates.
  • Results
  • WOW! I can't believe we beat them! 
  • Man we actually lost ;( maybe next time 
  • General Burnside wanted to divide the confederate army and thought he was going to have a victory. Burnside told half of his troops to attack Stonewall Jackson’s troops. He told the other half that they were going to Marye Heights to attack General Lee’s troops. However, he was blindsided when the confederate forces held high grounds with them having the advantage. In result, the union suffered confusion and miscommunication from General Burnsides poor thinking.
  • The location of the battle was spread out across Fredericksburg. Burnside had troops traveling Marye Heights, the central area of Fredericksburg, and the high grounds of Fredericksburg. Burnside's plan of splitting up his troops don't end well, when they surrendered with more than twice the casualties of the confederates
  • General Burnside made many mistakes within The Battle of Fredericksburg and had very poor strategy when dealing with the Confederates. This was probably one of the worst battles for the Union and a horrible loss. General Burnside was a better replacement for General McClellan, but he made some of the same mistakes as him. Results, Lots of Union Casualties, a sad loss for the north, a great victory for the south, and a lesson to take and learn from.
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