Sunday, August 05, 2012


It is easy to see why persons visiting the Fredericksburg battlefield might come away with the impression that Union Army commander Ambrose Burnside was a bumbler (or an idiot). But Lincoln didn’t give Burnside command of the Army of the Potomac after drawing his name out of a hat: Burnside had recently commanded an extremely successful military operation in North Carolina:


NOTE: In his defense, Burnside knew only too well that he was not cut out to be commander of a large army, and turned down the Army of the Potomac job on at least one occasion...

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