#33 Fight for Survival Fredericksburg, Virginia December 13, 1862


Fredericksburg, Va. Dec. 13, 1862

FOG LIFTS; COMBAT BREAKS OUT AT LAST

A battle that was supposed to begin 2 weeks ago finally began this morning when the fog lifted. The Union's General Burnside had planned to launch the attack earlier but was held up because of the stormy weather and fog. The citizens of Fredericksburg have fled for safety and the Union soldiers completely destroyed the town. The invaders ran wild before the battle, burning and pilfering buildings and stores. In the woods just outside Fredericksburg, Stonewall Jackson's men waited in hiding. When the Federal soldiers charged into the woods, bullets greeted them. Trying desperately to overpower the Confederate troops, the Union suffered heavy losses and were driven back. General Burnside's only choice was to call back his men and await reinforcements.