The author gives a history of the county's regions, featuring the events and personalities that contributed to Stafford's beginnings and antebellum period. Includes a timeline, bibliography, and index.
Stafford County was occupied territory for much of the Civil War whilst battles were fought in nearby areas. The war had a tremendous impact on the economy of the county and historic sites remain to help tell the tale.
Includes black and white illustrations, an index, and a roster of troops from Stafford County.
Rable offers a detailed history of the Fredericksburg campaign and shows how the horrific carnage (with 13,000 casualties on the Union side and 5,000 Confederate casualties) haunted military and civilian survivors on both sides. From the publisher's description
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. From the publisher's description