December 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
During recent construction artifacts were found on a a site where 150 years ago Union troops fought and took shelter in the town of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Anson Croman and the 20th Michigan were in positions south and southwest of the town so the recently discovered artifacts are not theirs. However, they are probably identical to items Anson Croman carried and used.
December 13, 1862: Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Artifacts were found within the town, grey on the map.
Positions of the 20th Michigan south and southwest of the archaeology site in town.
Light orange regimental symbol is their initial position.
Dark orange regimental symbol is their final position.
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Second day at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862: 150th anniversary of Anson Croman’s and the 20th Michigan’s first battle
December 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
The charge of the 20th Maine led by Lt. Col. Joshua Chamberlain (played by Jeff Daniels). Still from movie “Gods and Generals”.The 20th Michigan was to far the right out of this scene.Fair use of image © Warner Brothers
On December 13, 1862, the Union assaulted Confederate positions. The major assault was west of of Fredericksburg and a smaller assault was made in the woods south of Fredericksburg.
Anson Croman’s and the 20th Michigan’s remained in positions between the two Union assaults.
They were not were not ordered to join either assault and suffered no casualties on December 13.
The 20th Michigan withdrew across the Rappahannock River on the night of December 15-16, 1862. One member of the 20th Michigan was wounded during the withdrawal.
For more information:
Visitor Guide to Fredericksburg’s 2012 Sesquicentennial Commemoration by the National Park Service
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150th anniversary of the first day of Anson Croman’s and the 20th Michigan’s first battle: Fredericksburg
December 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
Union artillery and infantry, including other units from Michigan, provided protection for Union engineers and mechanics as they constructed pontoon bridges across the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg, Virginia. This may have been the bridge over which Anson Croman and the 20th Michigan crossed 150 years ago on December 12, 1862.
On December 12, 1862, Anson Croman and the 20th Michigan crossed the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg, Virginia.
They were preparing for the assault scheduled to begin the next day.
December 12-13, 1862: Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Positions of the 20th Michigan:Light orange regimental symbol:
Initial position on Dec. 12.Dark orange regimental symbol:
Final position on Dec. 13.
For more information:
Visitor Guide to Fredericksburg’s 2012 Sesquicentennial Commemoration by the National Park Service.
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