Simply Murder

Simply Murder

The Battle of Fredericksburg

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They melted like snow on the ground, one officer said--wave after wave of Federal soldiers charging uphill across an open, muddy plain. Confederates, fortified behind a stone wall along a sunken road, poured a solid hail of lead into them as they charged . . . and faltered . . . and died. "I had never before seen fighting like that, nothing approaching it in terrible uproar and destruction," the officer said as he watched the slaughter. "It is only murder now." As a result of the carnage, the battle of Fredericksburg is usually remembered as the most lopsided Union defeat of the war. "Burnside's folly," it's been called--named after the Union commander Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside who led the Army of Potomac to ruin along the banks of the Rappahannock River. But the battle of Fredericksburg remains one of the most misunderstood and misremembered engagements of the war. Burnside started with a well-conceived plan and had every reason to expect victory. How did it go so terribly wrong? Authors Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White have worked for years along Fredericksburg's Sunken Road and Stone Wall, and they've taken thousands of visitors across the battlefield. In SIMPLY MURDER: THE BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG, December 13, 1862, they not only recount Fredericksburg's tragic story of slaughter, they also share information about the battlefield itself and the insights they've learned from years of walking the ground. SIMPLY MURDER can be enjoyed in the comfort of one's living room or used as a guide on the battlefield itself. It is part of the new Emerging Civil War Series which offers compelling, easy-to-read overviews of some of the Civil War's most important stories. Each volume features masterful storytelling richly enhanced with hundreds of photos, illustrations, and maps. ILLUSTRATIONS: 171 images
Publisher: El Dorado Hills, California : Savas Beatie LLC, 2012
Edition: First Savas Beatie edition
ISBN: 9781611211467
Branch Call Number: 973.733 Ma
Description: vii, 159 pages : illustrations map ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: White, Kristopher D.


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A Return to Sunken Road

Fredericksburg rises from the fall line of the Rappahannock River. Its natural hills are generally considered to be just part of the scenic landscape. Wealthy townspeople, such as the Willis and Marye families, built their mansions on the heights. Before the Civil War, the scenery was pleasant but otherwise unremarkable. Days to Prepare In November and December of 1862, Confederate troops,… (more)

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