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Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!$
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George C. Rable

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780807826737

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807867938_rable

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(p.132) 8 Discontent
Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!

George C. Rabie

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the discontent among the Union ranks caused by delays, exposure, and hunger. As their advance stalled and winter set in, the usual miseries of army life became totally wretched. Water froze in buckets; chunks of ice rattled in canteens. Men unable to sleep would walk through the camps to keep from freezing. Many soldiers received no pay for two, four, or six months, which quite understandably caused them to lose heart. Crammed into cold tents and eating the same old hardtack and salt pork, soldiers readily vented their frustrations and disgust with the whole enterprise.

Keywords:   battle of Fredericksburg, Civil War, Union, Federals, camp life

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