The Battle of Fredericksburg: Summary, Timeline & Significance


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What was the primary importance of the Battle of Fredericksburg?

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1. Why was General McClellan relieved of his command?

2. What role did the Rappahannock River play in the Battle of Fredericksburg?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The following quiz and worksheet combo will help you find out what you know about the Battle of Fredericksburg. You will be tested on subjects such as Ambrose Burnside and the Eastern Theater.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the assessments, you will be tested on:

  • The Battle in the Eastern Theater
  • Who commanded the Union Army of the Potomac before Burnside
  • River that Union soldiers had to cross to attack the Confederate Army

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the Battle of Fredericksburg
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the Battle in the Eastern Theater
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the outcome of the war in a different light

Additional Learning

To learn more about the battle, review the accompanying lesson titled The Battle of Fredericksburg. The lesson will cover the following objectives:

  • Details when United States President Abraham Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
  • Explains the role of Ambrose Burnside
  • Explores Confederate General Robert E. Lee preparing the Army of Northern Virginia
  • Covers the result and aftermath of the battle
  • Looks at the Battle of Gettysburg