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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 - 449

On Wednesday, November 26, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln journeyed from Washington, D.C. to Belle Plain on Aquia Creek for a conference with Ambrose Burnside, commander of the Union Army of the Potomac.  Lincoln was concerned about a direct assault at Fredericksburg, Virginia against Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. 

The president proposed creating a second Union force south of the Rappahannock and a third force on the Pamunkey River creating a three-pronged assault against Lee’s troops.  Lincoln’s plan would have forced Burnside to delay for weeks while mustering additional Union forces.  After significant discussion, General Burnside rejected the president’s plan, thereby insuring that the Battle of Fredericksburg would soon occur.  Lincoln acquiesced, hoping Burnside knew best relative to dealing with Robert E. Lee.