Northerners learn of the true disaster at Fredericksburg, which sparks enough outrage to make this the greatest crisis of the Lincoln presidency to date.
The Federal Army of the Potomac withdraws across the Rappahannock River following its humiliating defeat at Fredericksburg, as the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia takes back the devastated town.
Robert E. Lee’s Confederates prepare for a renewed Federal attack on their lines outside Fredericksburg, but Ambrose E. Burnside finally decides to evacuate the town.
The Federal Army of the Potomac crosses the Rappahannock River and loots Fredericksburg, while the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia awaits the enemy’s advance from the heights west of town.
The pontoon bridges over the Rappahannock River are finally built, and troops of the Federal Army of the Potomac fight their way into Fredericksburg.
Ambrose E. Burnside issues orders to put his Federal Army of the Potomac in motion against Fredericksburg, despite criticism from subordinates that his plan might not succeed.