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Battle of Fredericksburg

1. Battle of Fredericksburg a. Who i. The Battle of Fredericksburg took place during a time were a new nation, America, was trying to find its identity after succeeding from Britain. Because of different viewpoints of the citizens in this new country, states started to succeed to sustain their way of living. The southern states in this new nations earned its living from agriculture, which heavily relied on slaves to tend the fields. The northern states were industrial for the most part during this time period and earned its keep by trade. President Lincoln had a different point of view of how the new nation should operate. He believed the nation would only be as strong as its weakest link, and wanted to stop the states from succeeding. This essentially caused the civil war, which was fought between the Union and the Confederacy. b. When ii. There were a number of battles that occurred on the eastern side of the United States that led to the Battle of Fredericksburg such as: the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Battle of Winchester, The Seven Days Battle, the Second Battle of the Bull Run and etc. All of these prior conflicts led to the Battle of Fredericksburg that began on December 11, 1862 and ended December 15, 1862. c. Where iii. The Battle of Fredericksburg started in the town of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This battle is considered the first urban assaults led by the Union army of this era; the Union army also completed one of the largest river crossing during the civil war as they rowed across the Rappahannock river into the streets of Fredericksburg.

2. Setting the Stage a. Operational Overview (Causes of the Battle) i. There are a number of things that fueled the Battle of Fredericksburg, but the climate of the political realm that surrounded General Burnside…...

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