Battle of Fredericksburg
On December 13, 1862, Union forces launched a bloody attack during the Battle of Fredericksburg.
In the fall of 1862, newly promoted Major General Ambrose Burnside developed a plan to take Fredericksburg as part of a larger campaign to capture Richmond. Setting out on November 15, 1862, they were immediately stalled by rain and muddy roads. But through sheer determination, they reached the north banks of the Rappahannock River on November 17.