1862 – (Civil War) Battle of Fredericksburg Begins in Virginia

In one of the war’s most lopsided battles, Confederate troops with superior field position slaughtered Union forces trying to pass through Fredericksburg. TheĀ  2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th Wisconsin Infantry regiments and Company G of the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters were present but their losses were small. The 5th Infantry was under fire for most of the three days but miraculously escaped major harm. Berdan’s Sharpshooters were deployed at multiple locations during the battle to pick off Confederate artillerymen and cover the Union retreat.