Jubal A. Early positions his 5,000 men along a six-mile stretch from the Rappahannock to Telegraph Hill.

Colonel Robert Chilton of Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s staff, mistakenly orders Jubal A. Early to abandon his line opposite Fredericksburg. When Union forces do not attack, Early is able to reposition his 5,000 men along the six miles from a bend in the Rappahannock on the north to Telegraph Hill on the south.

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