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As we learned in the Last Issue of YANKEE SCOUT – Fredericksburg!! – the Union Army is now reeling with the implications of a military,strategic and moral catastrophe precipitated by growing awareness of the grim news, of it’s unprecedented battlefield losses incurred before Fredericksburg, Virginia, on December 12, 1862 – a scene of carnage that was already being dubbed “the Slaughter Pen” by the men, even as it was occurring.
United States Army forces commanded by Gen. Ambrose Burnside, saw a staggering level of losses: Pvt. Drew will peg
the Yankee killed under Gen. Burnside at 12,172 -- men uselessly sacrificed at the Battle of Fredericksburg: for not a single square inch of rebel-held territory has been taken, and Burnside has finally been forced to retreat again, north across the Rappahannock.
Meanwhile, the loss to Gen. Lee’s rebel Army of Virginia Drew reckons on the order of 5, 377. Up to this point in the Civil War, only casualties on the battlefield at Antietam, the preceding September, can compare with these new numbers of Yankee lives extinguished. Gen. Burnside, too, has seen better days. After removing Gen. McClellan (again) President Lincoln
had offered Burnside command of the Army of the Potomac in
recognition of his signal victories at Roanoke Island and New Bern, early in the war. …
Now however, after Fredericksburg, the winds of destiny seem to have shifted against Gen. Burnside ….
The ignominy now to be achieved through his pointless "MUD CAMPAIGN" will now finish his command of the Army of the Potomac, and President Lincoln will hand the Army to Hooker, placing GEN. JOHN SEDGWICK in command of the 6th Corps.