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The Fate of War: Fredericksburg, 1862

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An Exploration of the Human Experience in One of the Civil War’s Most Important and Devastating BattlesThe Union assault on the critical Confederate stronghold of Fredericksburg, Virginia, along the Rappahannock River in December 1862 was one of the most significant and storied battles of the Civil War. It was fought in order to secure confidence in the North for Lincoln’s ...more
Hardcover, 271 pages
Published October 20th 2011 by Westholme Publishing
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'Aussie Rick'
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: civil-war
The book; “The Fate of War”, starts off with this account of one man at the beginning of the battle at Fredericksburg in 1862:

On Saturday, December 13, 1862, Sgt Thomas Plunkett of the 21st Massachusetts Infantry lost his arms. Only minutes before, the regiment had calmly dressed ranks and formed a straight line, prepared to charge the Confederates. The Northerners knew what they were facing. They had watched wave after wave of their fellow soldiers attempt to dislodge the rebels from their heav
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R.K. Byers
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
interesting and nuanced if only because it's the story of a Confederate victory told from a Union point of view.
Erin Miller
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Half read/half skimmed it for a school assignment but ended up reading much more than I thought I would because it was pretty interesting. Well written and easy to follow, especially if you're someone like me who doesn't know much about war strategies. Wish there would have been a little more about the impact of the battle, but overall a really good and informative book.
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