Plan eventually led to one of the great Civil War Battles:
The Battle of Fredericksburg
By Michael S Sheaffer
- 1862 – American Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln approves General Ambrose Burnside‘s plan to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, leading to the Battle of Fredericksburg.
Battle of Fredericksburg Part of the American Civil War
Battle of Fredericksburg: the Army of the Potomaccrossing the Rappahannock River in the morning of December 13, 1862,
by Kurz and Allison (1888).
Date December 11–15, 1862 Location Spotsylvania County and Fredericksburg, Virginia
Result Confederate victory Belligerents United States (Union) Confederate States Commanders and leaders Ambrose E. Burnside Robert E. Lee Units involved Army of the Potomac Army of Northern Virginia Strength 122,009 “present for duty”: 78,513 “present for duty”:
∼ 72,500 engaged (estimated)
Casualties and losses 12,653 4,201
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