From Antietam to Chancellorsville: September 1862 to May 1863

Battle of Fredericksburg

What did Burnside do the next day?

Burnside actually contemplated a second attempt, but his brigadier generals talked him out of it. Burnside did not lose his head during the Battle of Fredericksburg; the kindest thing that can be said is that he was impervious to the disaster being created. A few days later, the federal troops backed off a few miles, leaving the Confederates in possession of the field. Roughly 12,500 Northern men were killed, wounded, or missing. Confederate losses came to about 5,500.

Union forces camp near Fredericksburg in this illstration published in the Parisien Journal Universel in 1863.


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