"Battle of Fredericksburg," Kurz & Allison, 1888

Another Union Defeat

On December 13, 1862, the Army of the Potomac under its new commander, Major General Ambrose E. Burnside, met General Robert E. Lee’s army at Fredericksburg, Virginia. In a disastrous defeat, Union forces suffered 12,600 casualties to fewer than 5,000 for the Confederates. When Lincoln learned of the outcome, he reportedly said, “If there is a worse place than Hell, I am in it.” One month later, Lincoln relieved Burnside of his command and replaced him with General Joseph Hooker.