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Nice account of the Battle of Fredericksburg...



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December 16, 1862

DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, Dec. 16, 1862  

* Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia
* Confederate victory from rebel capital


Not only a nice Confederate newspaper, but one from the capital of the Confederacy.
This issue has some very nice reporting on the events of the Battle of Fredericksburg, considered the most one-sided battle of the entire Civil War, eventually failing for the Yankees as they abandon hopes for an early capture of the capital of Richmond.
The front page has: "The Glorious Victory On the Heights of Fredericksburg" with a dateline of Dec. 14, and taking about 1 1/2 columns of excellent reporting & detail on this significant battle. This is a letter from the newspaper's correspondent in the field and includes: "...The victory of yesterday was much more important than was at first generally believed...the General is highly pleased with the result of the battle..." and what follows are his accounts of the battle.
Included also is a report datelined Dec. 15, followed by: "Latest Reports of the Battle, etc. received in Richmond From Other Sources" which takes nearly two full columns of great detail, and includes subheads: "Casualties of Saturday--Loss in the Richmond Companies--General Gregg Mortally Wounded--Arrival of the Remains of General Gregg--Further Particulars of Saturday's Fight" and a bit more.
Also on the front page are: "The Battle of Kinston--Movements In North Carolina" and "A Reported Victory at Pikeston, Kentucky--Gen. Floyd's Command".
The back page has a lengthy editorial that reflects upon recent events in the Civil War. It begins: "The conflict has not been renewed on the lines of the Rappahannock..." and also includes: "Much uneasiness has never been felt on Burnside's advance, & it is now evident that even less was needed...The news of Burnside's defeat will act like a stroke of paralysis on all the Northern army which undertook to co-operate with him on the same day & the same hour..." with more.
Nice to have such a detailed account of this famous battle in a newspaper from so close to the field of action.
Complete as a single sheet newspaper, in very nice condition.

Category: Confederate