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December 12 dawned cold and foggy. Burnside began pouring reinforcements into the city but made no effort to organize an attack. Instead, the Northerners squandered the day looting and vandalizing homes and shops. A Connecticut chaplain left a graphic account of some of this shameful behavior: I saw men break down the doors to rooms of fine houses, enter, shatter the looking glasses with the blow of the ax, [and] knock the vases and lamps off the mantelpiece with a careless swing ... A cavalry man sat down at a fine rosewood Piano ... drove his saber through the polished keys, then knocked off the top [and] tore out the strings.

Federals Crossing the Rappahannock River

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Created 12-Dec-12
Modified 12-Dec-12
Federals Crossing the Rappahannock River

Marye's Heights

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104 photos
Created 14-Dec-12
Modified 14-Dec-12
Marye's Heights

Living History & Camps

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23 photos
Created 12-Dec-12
Modified 12-Dec-12
Living History & Camps

Street Fighting

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112 photos
Created 13-Dec-12
Modified 13-Dec-12
Street Fighting

Irish Brigade Monument Re-dedication

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35 photos
Created 24-Dec-12
Modified 24-Dec-12
Irish Brigade Monument Re-dedication