December 17, 2019

Fredericksburg: “It is well that war is so terrible,

or we would grow fond of it.” – John D. Cox

December 17, 2019

With the slaughter of the Battle of Fredericksburg before him on Telegraph Hill, Confederate General Robert E. Lee touched his “old warhorse” General Longstreet on the arm and said, “It is well that war is so terrible, or we would grow too fond of it.”  Over 12,500 Union soldiers lay as casualties on the field along with 6,000 Confederates.  The plan of Union Major General Ambrose Burnside had failed, like others before him and President Abraham Lincoln was disgraced again.  Lee had won a great victory.  Yet, the Battle of Fredericksburg, fought on December 13, 1862, resolved nothing and the war would go on.  Author/Historian John D. Cox will give his account of this famous fight, perhaps the most lopsided of the war, which witnessed the first contested river crossing in American military history and the first serious urban warfare of the American Civil War.

John D. Cox is a writer, an artist and public speaker. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and former Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park. He lives in Minneapolis, MN, with his wife Barbara.