Gen. William B. Franklin and the Operations of the Left Wing at the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862

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Belknap and Warfield, 1900 - Fredericksburg (Va.), Battle of, 1862 - 38 pages
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Page 15 - those roads. Holding these heights, with the heights near Captain Hamilton's, will, he hopes, compel the enemy to evacuate the whole ridge between these points. He makes these moves by columns distant from each other, with the view of avoiding the possibility of a collision of our own forces, which might occur in a general movement during the fog.
Page 35 - did not intend to make the attack on the right until that position had been taken, which I supposed would stagger the enemy, cutting their line in two, and then I proposed to make a direct attack on their front and drive them out of their works.
Page 34 - But to the Committee on the Conduct of the War General Burnside said: "The enemy had cut a road along in the rear of the line of heights where we made our attack, by means of which they connected the two
Page 21 - Report of cavalry pickets from the other side of the river, that enemy's troops were moving down the river on this side during the latter part of the night. Howe's pickets reported movements in their front, same direction. Still they have a strong force well posted, with batteries there.
Page 35 - wings of their army and avoided a long detour around through a bad country. ... I wanted to obtain possession of that new road, and that was my reason for making an attack on the extreme left.
Page 15 - AM Major-General FRANKLIN, Commanding Left Grand Division, Army of Potomac: General Hardie will carry this dispatch to you and remain with you during the day. The General commanding directs that you keep your whole command in position for a rapid movement down
Page 21 - 12 o'clock, M. Birney's division is now getting into position. That done, Reynolds will order Meade to advance. Batteries over the river are to shell the enemy's position in front of Reynolds' left. He thinks the effect will be to protect Meade's advance. A column of the enemy's infantry is passing along the crest of the hills from right to left
Page 34 - by a vigorous attack the forces of the enemy on the river below from the forces behind and on the crest in rear of the town, in which case we could fight him with great advantage in our favor.
Page 35 - that General Franklin's attack on the left would have been made before General Sumner's men would be engaged, and would have caused the enemy to weaken his forces in front of Sumner, and I therefore hoped to break through their lines at this point. It subsequently appeared that this attack had not been made at the time General Sumner moved.
Page 23 - 1.25 o'clock PM Meade is in the woods in his front; seems to be able to hold on. Reynolds will push Gibbon in if necessary. The battery and woods referred to must be near Hamilton's house. The infantry

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