THE HARVARD REGIMENT AND THE STREET FIGHTING AT FREDERICKSBURG---"The Forlorn Hope"

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Painting by Thure de Thulstrup of the River Crossing on Dec. 11, 1862. Image courtesy of the Home of the American Civil War.

The legendary suicidal charge of the 20th Massachusetts through the streets of Fredericksburg , Virginia on December 11, 1862 took the life of this web developer's great great uncle, Cpl . Anton Steffens.  The charge was the subject of a well-known poem, a recent full-length article and was cited in the greatest Memorial Day speech ever given.  Now America's leading historical artist, Don Troiani, has immortalized the charge in his work entitled ,"Fire on Caroline Street". Read the material below, especially the letter from Lt. Henry Ropes to his brother, to learn more about what happened that day.

Engineers unsuccessfully attempt to construct the pontoon bridge before the troops crossed over by boat

 

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