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DECEMBER, 1862 – The BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG PART 2 – By Sandy McBride
After successfully moving troops and artillery across the Rappahannock River and into Fredericksburg on December 11, General Ambrose Burnside failed to press the attack on December 12, doing nothing more than sending more troops across and pondering what his next move should be. While the Union command pondered, the Confederate command reinforced. General Robert E. Lee continued to mass troops in strategic places south of the city and on the heights above to await the battle he knew was coming. He brought in Major General D. H. Hill’s and Brigadier General Jubal Early’s divisions to support General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson on Prospect Hill south of the city, giving Jackson a force of 30,000 men defending a 3, 000 yard wide sector.