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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2020 9:43 p.m. PST

"By this point in 1862, Ambrose Burnside's excellent plan for a late-year campaign had already begun to unravel. His Right Grand Division under Maj. Gen. Edwin V. Sumner stole a march on Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and, on November 17, arrived on the banks of the Rappahannock River in Falmouth, opposite Fredericksburg, only to discover they had no way to get across the river. Burnside had ordered pontoons to move up to facilitate the river crossing, but no one put the "hurry up" on the order, so the pontoons didn't arrive in time for Sumner to cross. From there, things only went downhill for him, funneled into a set of increasingly bad options and diminishing opportunities for success.

In the wake of the woe that was the Dec. 13 battle of Fredericksburg, we all but forget why Burnside had been given command of the Army of the Potomac in the first place. He was not only the choice, Lincoln had tried to get Burnside to take command of the army twice before…"

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donlowry21 Nov 2020 9:17 a.m. PST

He did pretty well against Longstreet in East Tennessee in late '63, also.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2020 2:21 p.m. PST



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