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Battle of Fredericksburg

Union Casualties: 12,653
Confederate Casualties: 4,201

Statistical Source: EACW

Battle of Fredericksburg
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The Battle of Fredericksburg: On December 13, almost three months after Robert E. Lee began his withdrawal from Sharpsburg, McClellan's successor, Ambrose Burnside, managed to bring him to battle again, at Fredericksburg, Virginia. From the top of Marye's Heights, east of town, Lee could see the Chatham Mansion, where thirty years before he had courted his wife. It was Burnside's headquarters now, and from it the Union commander ordered his men to assault the impregnable center of Lee's line.

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