The Battle Of Fredericksburg

In spite of his imposing appearance and courageous fighting record. Major General Ambrose K. Burnside (left) was a well-meaning incompetent who led the Union Army of the Potomac to its crudest defeat. On December 13, 1862, after a costly crossing of the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg, Virginia, he ordered a frontal assault on Lee’s Confederate army, which was securely dug in along the low, wooded ridges behind the town. The main force of his attack struck the Rebel position at the foot of Mayre’s Heights