Category Archives: Battle of Fredericksburg

Present Arms

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper, presumably sometime in early 1863: Presentation to Capt. McDonald. Capt. JAS. H. MCDONALD, of the 50th Regiment, received on Monday evening, a very substantial present at the hands of his fellow-citizens, for gallant … Continue reading

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baptisms in a battle-scarred town

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch March 21, 1863: From Fredericksburg. [from our own correspondent.] Fredericksburg, March 17, 1863. On Sunday morning, in passing the Episcopal church, in which the religious exercises that, for the past three weeks, have excited so … Continue reading

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Election in Fredericksburg

Americans are fortunate that we mostly have “free and fair” elections. 150 years ago yesterday the people of Fredericksburg, Virginia apparently relied on Confederate troops to ensure that the Yankees on the other side of the Rappahannock did not try … Continue reading

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Little Fireside Chats

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper on January 3, 1863: CONFIDENCE IN THE ARMY OF M’CLELLAN. – S.P. Allen, Esq. editor of the Rochester Democrat, on a visit to the Army of the Potomac, at Fredericksburg, writes that paper … Continue reading

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Chaplain’s Last Fight

News of a Christmas eve burial via Richmond. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch January 2, 1863: Death of a fighting Chaplain. Rev. Arthur B. Fuller, Chaplain of a Massachusetts regiment, who was killed at Fredericksburg, was buried at Boston on … Continue reading

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Christmas Thank-offering

Fredericksburg refugees caught between plundering Yankee army of he North and the spirit of extortion in the Southern Yankee businessmen. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch December 25, 1862: Appeal for Fredericksburg. The citizens of Fredericksburg have been great sufferers by … Continue reading

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When?

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in December 1862: “When Shall We Have Peace.” The Portland Advertiser, the leading Republican paper in Maine, asks the important and interesting question and answers it. We commend the answer to the careful … Continue reading

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Accidents Happen

From Project Gutenberg (Volume VI): CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON, December 22, 1862. TO THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC: I have just read your general’s report of the battle of Fredericksburg. Although you were not … Continue reading

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“needlessly, wickedly sacrificed”

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in December 1862: Again Defeated. What is to be said in this week of the nation’s agony? What word is sufficient in these days red with battle and hot with the flush of … Continue reading

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Crestfallen?

From The New-York Times December 18, 1862: GEN. BURNSIDE’S SUNDAY DISPATCH. The following is a copy of a dispatch from Gen. BURNSIDE to the President, sent and received on Sunday morning last, concerning the precise import and phraseology of which … Continue reading

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