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Burnside When He was Brilliant: Ambrose Burnside and Union Combined Operations in Pamlico Sound

David E. Long

in Union Combined Operations in the Civil War

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232864
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240777 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823232864.003.0002

Series: The North's Civil War

Burnside When He was Brilliant: Ambrose Burnside and Union Combined Operations in Pamlico Sound

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Few names from the Civil War era inspire more loathing and contempt than that of Ambrose Everett Burnside. It is a curious legacy for a man whose prewar contemporaries found him a likeable and collegial fellow officer. Of course, their perceptions of Burnside were not yet clouded by the knowledge that on one unfortunate day at Fredericksburg in December 1862, Burnside would order what was undoubtedly the most futile charge in the history of the U.S. Army, and who a day later sought to fall on his sword by renewing the attack and personally leading it in another lethal and equally hopeless advance. And yet in 1861 when the war began, Burnside was one of the most forward-looking and innovative officers in the Union Army, especially in terms of his willingness to think about, and plan for, combined operations.

Keywords: Civil War; Ambrose Burnside; Union; Fredericksburg

Chapter.  5530 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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