The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock

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LSU Press, Apr 1, 2006 - History - 630 pages
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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 vivid description, trenchant analysis, and meticulous research, his award-winning book makes for compulsive reading.

 

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User Review  - jcbrunner - LibraryThing

Wedged between the battles of Antietam and Chancellorsville, the battle of Fredericksburg, a forerunner of the slaughter of WWI, has received comparatively little attention. O'Reilly's treatment is a ... Read full review

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While there are a number of fairly recent works on the market dealing with this stepchild of a battle, O'Reilly does bring a different slant to the topic. In the first place, the title of the book ... Read full review

Contents

POOR BURN FEELS DREADFULLY The Winter Campaign of 1862
1
TO CRIPPLE THE REBEL CAUSE The Road to Fredericksburg
9
THE ENEMY WILL BE MORE SURPRISED Countdown to Crossing
38
A SCENE OF WILDEST CONFUSION The Pontoon Crossings on December 11
57
A FIERCE AND DEADLY CONTEST Fighting in the Streets
79
THE MOST GOTHIC OF GOTHS The Sacking of Fredericksburg
102
THE JAWS OF DEATH The Battle Begins
127
A TERRIBLE SLAUGHTER IN OUR RANKS The Federal Breakthrough
166
A DEVIL OF A TIME Howard and Sturgis Attack
324
THE DIE IS CAST Deep Run and Griffins Attack
355
THE GATES OF HELL Final Assaults at Twilight
389
DECIDING THE FATE OF OUR COUNTRY The Aftermath of Battle
430
PLAYED OUT Dumfries Raid and the Mud March
457
Not the Same Troops We Started With
494
Notes
507
Bibliography
575

GETTING HILL OUT O TROUBLE The Confederate Counterattack
198
CHEER UP MY HEARTIES Frenchs Attack
246
THE VALLEY OF DEATH Hancocks Attack
293

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About the author (2006)

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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