Battle of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, Virginia, Union Major General Ambrose Burnside, Union Major General Ambrose Everett Burnside, Urban Warfare

The Battle of Fredericksburg – The First Site Of Urban Warfare In The United States

The Battle of Fredericksburg was the first battle of the inexperienced Union Major General Ambrose Everett Burnside that President Lincoln placed in that position after firing the previous general for a period of “inaction”. The Battle of Fredericksburg took place from December 10 to 15th, 1862.

Photograph of Union Major General Ambrose Everett Burnside.

For part of the conflict, soldiers embarked in disorganized urban battle, firing at other from house to house, in the first time in United States history. Urban warfare was minimal in the U.S. Civil War, but the events of the Battle of Fredericksburg were studies by military tacticians to prepare for urban combat situations that would occur over a century later in Vietnam and other conflicts.

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