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Civil War
00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 444

On Wednesday, November 19, 1862, Confederate forces of General James Longstreet assumed defensive positions on the heights above the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia.  On Marye’s Heights and several other hills which dominated the area, Longstreet immediately began to concentrate his artillery so as to defend Fredericksburg from a possible Union assault. 

On the same day, Union General Ambrose Burnside arrived at Sumner’s headquarters at Falmouth directly across the Rappahannock from Fredericksburg.  Burnside was determined to attack Lee’s forces and bring victory to the Union.  It was clear that a major confrontation would soon ensue between the rival forces.  The essential question was whether Burnside, in his zeal to bring victory, could effectively cross the Rappahannock* and defeat the well-entrenched Confederate forces of the Army of Northern Virginia.