November 15, 1862 – The Army of the Potomac mobilized for its march on Fredericksburg under its new commander, Major General Ambrose E. Burnside. The
A portion of Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army defended key mountain passes in Maryland against George B. McClellan’s Federal Army.
May 6, 1862 – The Confederates continued falling back, with a detachment trying to bide time by challenging a Federal troop landing at the mouth
January 13, 1862 – General-in-Chief George B. McClellan defended his military strategy to increasingly skeptical politicians and subordinates. As the new year began, McClellan reported