Category Archives: Battles: Fredericksburg

Kelly’s Ford

Barksdale’s Brigade was alerted for possible imminent movement on March 17 after “heavy cannonading” was heard in the vicinity of the United States Ford, well northwest of Fredericksburg on the winding Rappahannock. “The enemy are reported to be crossing” there, … Continue reading

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Reprise: Clara Barton & the 13th

Painting by famed Civil War artist Mort Kunstler of Red Cross-founder Clara Barton on December 15, 1862, at Chatham Plantation near Fredericksburg, VA,  serving a Confederate POW—identified as Captain Thurman Thomas of the 13th Mississippi Infantry Regiment. Or was he? … Continue reading

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Burnside is Lee’s Quartermaster

Private William Little Davis, of the Winston Guards,  wrote a long letter home to Louisville, MS, according to independent historian Jess N. McLean. On Friday, Dec. 19, 1862, Davis was still finishing it, on picket duty in Fredericksburg, “in the … Continue reading

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Burnside’s truce

Finally, on Monday afternoon, Dec. 15, 1862, Gen. Burnside called for a truce to bury the Union dead and, as independent historian Shelby Foote wrote in his narrative trilogy of the war, “relieve such of his wounded as had survived … Continue reading

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The Northern Lights

Many authors of fact and fiction about the Battle of Fredericksburg have written about the startling appearance of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, in the sky the bitterly cold night of Sunday, Dec. 14, 1862, when the battlefield below … Continue reading

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Aftermath

The battlefield was again foggy, but also with a smoky mist from the previous day’s fighting, as well as very quiet on the morning of Dec. 14, 1862—except for the pitiful groans and cries for water from the Union wounded, … Continue reading

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Aerial Reconnaissance

Professor Thaddeus Lowe, balloonist-leader of the Union’s Aeronautics Corps, ascended from Stafford Heights to provide intelligence on the battle. “…General Burnside…desired the balloon should not be shown to the enemy till he was ready to cross the river. On the … Continue reading

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The Battle of Fredericksburg

Saturday, Dec. 13, 1862, dawned warm and very foggy on the slopes of Marye’s Heights above Fredericksburg. The 13th Regiment and the rest of the Mississippi brigade had slept in line of battle, in the center of the Confederate line. … Continue reading

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