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The Battle of Salem Church or Second Fredericksburg

May 3, 1863 – Federals attacked the Confederate defenders on Marye’s Heights in a fight reminiscent of the Federal disaster at Fredericksburg last December.

Federal Major General John Sedgwick, commanding VI Corps, received orders from Major General Joseph Hooker, commanding the Army of the Potomac, to break through the Confederate lines west of Fredericksburg and join the rest of the army falling back around Chancellorsville. 692 more words


War Comes to St. George's (part three)

(part three in a series)

With the Union army occupying Fredericksburg, change was in the air, with runaway slaves and soldiers coming in and out of town, mixing freely with the citizens. 1,052 more words

Fredericksburg: Federals Cross the Rappahannock

December 12, 1862 – The Federal Army of the Potomac crossed pontoon bridges and looted Fredericksburg, while the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia awaited the enemy’s advance from the heights west of town. 1,494 more words