On November 28, 1862 Daniel Boyd writes his father, Robert Boyd, from Fredericksburg, Virginia. The 7th South Carolina had marched there from Culpepper on the 17th. As he writes this letter Daniel is preparing to go down to the town for picket duty. There he and his comrades will sit in the warmth of one of the abandoned homes along the waterfront where they will watch the northern army across the river. He is convinced that General Ambrose Burnside will not cross the river with his Union army since he has waited so long. Daniel doesn’t realize that once the pontoon bridges arrive the Yankee army will indeed cross the river, push through the town and clash with the Confederate army on Marye’s Heights where he will be a part of one of the greatest and bloodiest victories his young nation will see.
The Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal for History 2012.
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