Civil War - U.S.

The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock

By Francis Augustín O'Reilly

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The battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia, in December 1862 involved hundreds of thousands of men; produced staggering, unequal casualties (13,000 Federal soldiers compared to 4,500 Confederates); ruined the career of Ambrose E. Burnside; embarrassed Abraham Lincoln; and distinguished Robert E. Lee as one of the greatest military strategists of his era. Francis Augustin O'Reilly draws upon his intimate knowledge of the battlegrounds to discuss the unprecedented nature of Fredericksburg's warfare. Lauded for its vivid description, trenchant analysis, and meticulous research, his award-winning book makes for compulsive reading.
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The Ghosts of Fredericksburg

By Fredericksburg Area Tourism Department

The spirit of the past still lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. George Washington's foot-steps seem to echo on the paths and streets of his hometown. The voices of Thomas Jefferson and other colonial leaders seem to resound through the Rising Sun Tavern.

The Army of the Potomac in Stafford County, 1862-1863: A Driving Tour

By The Rappahannock Valley Civil War Roundtable

No great battles were fought within Stafford County, but during the winter of 1862-1863, 120,000 men of the Army of the Potomac camped along its ridges and valleys. The federal army combed the countryside, stripping the inhabitants of nearly everything - livestock, fence rails, crops, and lumber. With little remaining to eat and firewood for heating scarce (some sources claim that only 20 trees pre-dating the war exist in the county today), most residents were forced to leave. When these homes were found abandoned, Union soldiers simply pulled down the house and used it for firewood.

Touched by Fire: A Photographic Portrait of the Civil War

By William C. Davis

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This two-volume project of the National Historical Society contains some images appearing in print for the first time. They have been reproduced from the original glass-plate negatives. The set includes indexes. Battlefield photographs of the Fredericksburg area appear on pages 60 through 62 in Volume I and pages 76 and 147 in Volume II.

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Russell's Civil War Photographs: 116 Historic Prints

By Andrew J. Russell

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Andrew J. Russell was possibly the only Civil War soldier who was also an official Civil War photographer. This work reproduces all the photographic prints in a scrapbook entitled "United States Military Railroad Photographic Album." The captions and the sequence of pictures have been altered. The first three photographs appearing in this edition are from Fredericksburg. Photographs number 15 through 23 also show scenes from the Fredericksburg area.

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The Photographic History of the Civil War

By Francis Trevelyan Miller

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This 3,497-page, 10-volume set has 3,389 photographs taken during the war. In addition to battlefields, many photographs of camp scenes, hospitals, prisons, forts and artillery, army movements, and material also appear. Volume X contains the index to the entire set. According to the index, photographs of Fredericksburg appear in nine of the ten volumes. There are no photographs in volume VI. Photographs showing activity on the Rappahannock River appear in volumes I and II and volumes IV through IX.

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Mathew Brady's Illustrated History of the Civil War, 1861-65 and the Causes That Led Up to the Great Conflict

By Benson J. Lossing

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Lossing compiled this chronological summary and record of all of the engagements that occurred during the war from the official records of the War Department. In this work, Lossing reproduces the official Brady War Department photographs. The book is not indexed. It is a chronological account of the war. However, the photographs that appear on each page do not always correspond with the accompanying text. Some of the photographs are not identified in detail. Page 129 shows the effect of 32-pound shell from Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. The location is not identified as Fredericksburg. A photograph of a pontoon bridge on the Rappahannock appears on page 234. The accompanying text account is a discussion of activities in the Mississippi Valley in 1861. Pages 304 through 307 describe the Battle of Fredericksburg. Six photographs accompany the text. Although the activity described in Chapter XIX occurs in the Southwest, more photographs of the Fredericksburg area appear on pages 309, 311, 315, 317(?), 319, and 321.

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Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War

By Alexander Gardner

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This unabridged reprint of the 1866 edition contains 100 photographs, all of which are the original size. Plates 29 through 33 relate to the Fredericksburg area. An explanatory page of text introduces each plate.

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The Civil War through the Camera: Hundreds of Vivid Photographs Actually Taken in Civil War Times, Together with Elson's New History

By Henry W. Elson

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Each of the sixteen parts of this two-volume set provides full accounts of one or more battles. Photographs by Mathew B. Brady and Alexander Gardner illustrate the set. Ohio State University history professor Henry W. Elson provides the explanatory text, Elson's New History. The battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville appear in part seven. The Battle of Wilderness and Spotsylvania and the Bloody Angle appear in part eleven.

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The Civil War: An Illustrated History

By Geoffrey C. Ward

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This companion volume to the nine-part public television series contains more than 500 illustrations. Some of the photographs have never appeared before. The accounts of the Battle of Fredericksburg as well as some very memorable photographs of the area appear on pages 168 through 174. On page 185, one can almost feel the bitter January cold as the three Confederate pickets huddle around the fire and struggle to stay warm.

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