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THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY

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December 13, 1862

Houses of Fredericksburg, Showing the Devastating Havoc Wrought by the Gun-fire During the Battle of 13 December 1862 [picture], Computer file: 1996, Library of Virginia Richmond, Virginia.

Fredericksburg Was Damaged During a Civil War Battle

During the U.S. Civil War, Major General Ambrose E. Burnside (1824–1881) began shelling Fredericksburg on December 11, 1862, to provide cover as Union soldiers crossed the Rappahannock River and entered the city. The ensuing Battle of Fredericksburg proved a victory for the Confederate forces led by General Robert E. Lee (1807–1870). This photograph, taken on the last day of the battle, shows the shocking destruction wrought during the fight. It is part of the collection of photographs prepared for the Virginia Room Exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City.