This slim, ‘floppy back’ book is part of the ‘Emerging Civil War’ series published in California. It is written by two men who have researched the subject fully and who lead Battlefield Tours in the area.
The Book is structured around the phases of the battle, starting with a summary of the campaign and talking of the battles in the time leading up to Fredericksburg. There is information about some of the personalities involved and the tensions within the Federal Army at the time. There is a wide range of photographs and drawings, and some wonderful quotes from the men involved:
Robert E. Lee ‘ It is a good thing war is so terrible or we should grow too fond of it.’
A Union Soldier ‘What a bloody, one-sided battle this was. It was simply murder. We can see when we have a chance; here we had none.’
Pte Erskine Church, 27th Connecticut Infantry ‘ Those who say they would like to visit a battlefield seldom know what they are talking about’.
There are some useful maps, which help the reader to understand how the battle progressed. The text includes references to driving a ‘battlefield route’, which I found less useful as I haven’t visited the area.