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Engineers on the Rappahannock (Part 6) – Army of the Potomac Withdraws from Fredericksburg

“The PRESIDENT. [Copy to General Halleck.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, December 16, 1862-4 a.m. [Received 4.15 a.m.] “I have thought it necessary to withdraw the army to this side of the river, and the movement has progressed satisfactorily thus … 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 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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Remembering the sacrifices of the 50th New York Volunteer Engineer Regiment

Remembering the sacrifices by men of the 50th New York Volunteer Regiment at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Continue reading

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Howison’s Mill

Howison’s Mill during the Civil War was a land mark along the Confederate line of defense belwo Marye’s Heights. Continue reading

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