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  • N.Y. Guard's 'Fighting 69th' returns to Fredericksburg

    N.Y. Guard’s ‘Fighting 69th’ returns to Fredericksburg

    The Irish Brigade, attacking the stone wall in front of the now famous sunken road on Marye’s Heights, saw its fighting strength reduced from 1,600 Soldiers to 263 in a matter of minutes. It was at Fredericksburg that Robert E. Lee allegedly referred to Meagher’s regiment as the “Fighting 69th.” In a matter of two hours, four Union divisions were thrust into the attack, suffering some 4,114 casualties and gaining no ground before the fortified positions atop Marye’s Heights.