The Civil War, Day by Day

Lee at Fredericksburg

Lee Enters Fredericksburg

Lying directly between Washington and Richmond, Fredericksburg had been miraculously spared the ravages of war. Yet in November 1862, an ominous foreboding fell over the city as the Union Army of the Potomac appeared across the river. The arrival of Generals Lee and Longstreet on November 20 gave the citizens some hope, which was soon dashed when Lee recommended that for their own safety they leave the city. Two days later, during a blinding snowstorm, the city was evacuated, leaving Fredericksburg to the mercy of the armies. On the morning of December 11, the first Union shells crashed into the houses and shops of the colonial city. Fredericksburg would never be the same.

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