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The Pontoon Bridges at the Battle of Fredericksburg

In November 1862, President Abraham Lincoln promoted Major General Ambrose Burnside to commander of the Army of the Potomac, replacing Major General George McClellan.  Burnside developed a plan to capture the Confederate capitol of...

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The Sinking and Raising of the U.S.S. Cairo

From the very beginning of the Civil War, both sides understood the importance of control of the Mississippi River.   To that end, the United States government built gunboats specifically designed for military operations in...