1862 – (Civil War) Battle of Fredericksburg Ends 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. The 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th Wisconsin Infantry regiments and Co. G of the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters were present but their losses were small. The Wisconsin 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. It was the last unit to re-cross the Rappahannock River when the Union forces left the field. On the same day, the Battle of Nashville began in Tennessee.