Ambrose Burnside’s Federals are finally poised to cross the Rappahannock River in northern Virginia, while Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederates hurry to reinforce Robert E. Lee’s army behind Fredericksburg.
Ambrose Burnside continues waiting for all his pontoons to arrive, while Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s Confederate corps hurries east from the Shenandoah Valley to reinforce Robert E. Lee’s army outside Fredericksburg.
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.
George B. McClellan formally turns the Army of the Potomac over to Ambrose E. Burnside and bids his troops a sad but fond farewell.