One of Robert E. Lee’s Confederate corps begin taking positions on the heights outside Fredericksburg, as Ambrose E. Burnside’s Federal Army of the Potomac assembles across the Rappahannock River at Falmouth.
Ambrose Burnside’s Federal Army of the Potomac steals a march on Robert E. Lee’s Confederates and arrives at Falmouth in northeastern Virginia.
The Army of the Potomac mobilizes for its march on Fredericksburg under its new commander, Ambrose E. Burnside.
Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston finds himself at odds with President Jefferson Davis over strategy, and the Confederate secretary of war resigns.
Ulysses S. Grant begins his drive on the Confederate stronghold at Vicksburg by securing an important town for his supply base.
Ulysses S. Grant experiences many obstacles while trying to advance his Federal Army of the Tennessee southward into northern Mississippi.