Class Year

2017

Document Type

Blog Post

Publication Date

7-19-2016

Department

Civil War Institute

Abstract

In 1862, the small Virginian town of Fredericksburg found itself between two opposing armies. The Federal Army of the Potomac sat restlessly, eagerly awaiting means with which to cross the Rappahannock River, while elements of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia were called to take defensive positions in and behind Fredericksburg. What ensued was a bloody spectacle that claimed thousands of lives, and tempered the fighting spirit of the armies for the remainder of the Civil War.

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This blog post originally appeared in The Gettysburg Compiler and was created by students at Gettysburg College.

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