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Union Combined Operations in the Civil War$
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Craig L. Symonds

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232864

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823232864.001.0001

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

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

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(p.10) 1 Burnside When He was Brilliant: Ambrose Burnside and Union Combined Operations in Pamlico Sound
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Union Combined Operations in the Civil War
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David E. Long

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823232864.003.0002

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

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