Fought on 13 December 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. This Civil War Short offers George Rable's gripping
account of the battle itself. The selection is drawn from Rable's
comprehensive book, Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!
traces the impact of the battle well beyond the end of the
fighting, offering a sense of how the horrific carnage haunted
survivors--both civilian and military--on both sides.
UNC Press Civil War Shorts excerpt rousing narratives from
distinguished books published by the University of North Carolina
Press on the military, political, social, and cultural history of
the Civil War era. Produced exclusively in ebook format, they focus
on pivotal moments and figures and are intended to provide a
concise introduction, stir the imagination, and encourage further
exploration of the topic. For in-depth analysis, contextualization,
and perspective, we invite readers to consider the original
publications from which these works are drawn.