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Thanksgiving 1863

By the late summer of 1863, the Civil War was finally going well for the north and those who favored reestablishing the Union. Gone were the nightmares of the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. The double victories of Gettysburg and … Continue reading

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Engineers on the Rappahannock (Part 5) – Burnside’s River Crossing Concept and 50th NY Engineer Casualties

BRIDGING PLAN: We don’t know when General Ambrose E Burnside finally selected his plan of action for confronting General Robert E. Lee at Fredericksburg. We do know that by December 8, his Army of the Potomac Chief Engineer, Lieutenant Cyrus. … Continue reading

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Engineers on the Rappahannock (Part 4) – Mapping Engineer Movement

Movement of the engineers prior to the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862 has been mired in a cloud of confusion and controversy. The question of which route(s) they took to get to the Rappahannock River on the morning of 11 … Continue reading

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Engineers on the Rappahannock (Part 3) – How to Build a Pontoon Bridge

Building a ponton bridge is not a simple exercise. Rather it is a highly choreographed undertaking by men trained for specific tasks. The 50th NY Engineer Regiment did so under fire on December 11th, 1862. Continue reading

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Engineers on the Rappahannock (Part 2)

Civil War armies had to cross rivers. This was accomplished using pontoon bridges. The Army of the Potomac had its engineers which included the 15th and 50th New York Voluntary Engineer Regiments. These volunteers mastered the complex bridging operatons. Continue reading

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