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During the battle of Gettysburg, as Union troops along Cemetery Ridge rebuffed Pickett's Charge, they were heard to shout, "Give them Fredericksburg!" Their cries reverberated from a clash that, although fought some six months earlier, clearly loomed large in the minds of Civil War soldiers. Fought on December 13, 1862, the battle of Fredericksburg ended in a stunning defeat for the Union. Confederate general Robert E. Lee suffered roughly 5,000 casualties but inflicted more than twice that many losses--nearly 13,000--on his opponent, General Ambrose Burnside. As news of the Union loss traveled north, it spread a wave of public despair that extended all the way to President Lincoln. In the beleaguered Confederacy, the southern victory bolstered flagging hopes, as Lee and his men began to take on an aura of invincibility. George Rable offers a gripping account of the battle of Fredericksburg and places the campaign within its broader political, social, and military context. Blending battlefield and home front history, he not only addresses questions of strategy and tactics but also explores material conditions in camp, the rhythms and disruptions of military life, and the enduring effects of the carnage on survivors--both civilian and military--on both sides. Rable offers a detailed history of the Fredericksburg campaign and shows how the horrific carnage (with 13,000 casualties on the Union side and 5,000 Confederate casualties) haunted military and civilian survivors on both sides. During the battle of Gettysburg, as Union troops along Cemetery Ridge rebuffed Pickett's Charge, they were heard to shout, "Give them Fredericksburg!" Their cries reverberated from a clash that, although fought some six months earlier, clearly loomed large in the minds of Civil War soldiers. Fought on December 13, 1862, the battle of Fredericksburg ended in a stunning defeat for the Union. Confederate general Robert E. Lee suffered roughly 5,000 casualties but inflicted more than twice that many losses--nearly 13,000--on his opponent, General Ambrose Burnside. As news of the Union loss traveled north, it spread a wave of public despair that extended all the way to President Lincoln. In the beleaguered Confederacy, the southern victory bolstered flagging hopes, as Lee and his men began to take on an aura of invincibility. George Rable offers a gripping account of the battle of Fredericksburg and places the campaign within its broader political, social, and military context. Blending battlefield and home front history, he not only addresses questions of strategy and tactics but also explores material conditions in camp, the rhythms and disruptions of military life, and the enduring effects of the carnage on survivors--both civilian and military--on both sides. Rable offers a detailed history of the Fredericksburg campaign on Nov.-Dec. 1862, blending military and social history and carefully situating his story in the broader context of the war. While it has not received the attention of the campaigns at Gettysburg, Antietam, and Shiloh, the Fredericksburg campaign loomed large in the minds of Civil War soldiers. Rable traces the impact of of the battle on the armies and town well past the end of the fighting, offering a sense of how the horrific carnage haunted survivors-- both civilian and military-- on both sides. Fought on December 13, 1862, the battle of Fredericksburg ended in a stunning defeat for the Union. Confederate general Robert E. Lee suffered roughly 5,000 casualties but inflicted more than twice that many losses--nearly 13,000--on his opponent, General Ambrose Burnside. As news of the Union loss traveled north, it spread a wave of public despair that extended all the way to President Lincoln. In the beleaguered Confederacy, the southern victory bolstered flagging hopes, as Lee and his men began to take on an aura of invincibility. George Rable offers a gripping history of the Fredericksburg campaign and shows how the horrific carnage haunted military and civilian survivors on both sides. Fought on December 13, 1862, the battle of Fredericksburg ended in a stunning defeat for the Union. Confederate general Robert E. Lee suffered roughly 5,000 casualties but inflicted more than twice that many losses--nearly 13,000--on his opponent, General Ambrose Burnside. As news of the Union loss traveled north, it spread a wave of public despair that extended all the way to President Lincoln. In the beleaguered Confederacy, the southern victory bolstered flagging hopes, as Lee and his men began to take on an aura of invincibility. George Rable offers a gripping history of the Fredericksburg campaign and shows how the horrific carnage haunted military and civilian survivors on both sides.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Prologue
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  1. Chapter 1. Armies
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  1. Chapter 2. Politics
  2. pp. 28-41
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  1. Chapter 3. Strategy
  2. pp. 42-62
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  1. Chapter 4. Marching
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  1. Chapter 5. Delay
  2. pp. 80-99
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  1. Chapter 6. Camp
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  1. Chapter 7. History
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  1. Chapter 8. Discontent
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  1. Chapter 9. Preparations
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  1. Chapter 10. Crossing
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  1. Chapter 11. Orders
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  1. Chapter 12. Artillery
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  1. Chapter 13. Breakthrough
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  1. Chapter 14. Attack
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  1. Chapter 15. Perseverance
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  1. Chapter 16. Futility
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  1. Chapter 17. Retreat
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  1. Chapter 18. Carnage
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  1. Chapter 19. Wounds
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  1. Chapter 20. News
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  1. Chapter 21. Recrimination
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  1. Chapter 22. Winter
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  1. Chapter 23. Freedom
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  1. Chapter 24. Morale
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  1. Chapter 25. Mud
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  1. Epilogue
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  1. Order of Battle
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469605043
Related ISBN
9780807826737
MARC Record
OCLC
701718794
Pages
688
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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