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    It would only work if Burnside moved quickly.  In the winter of 1862, the Confederate forces in the east were in a strong position behind the Rappahannock River.  Burnside, who had replaced McClellan at the head of the Army of the Potomac after the Battle of Antietam, proposed to move to the attack at the most obvious crossing: the town of Fredericksburg.  Lincoln did not like the plan but did not veto it.  Perhaps his comment was correct--Burnside was hampered by logistical difficulties and was several days behind schedule crossing the river.  He walked right into Robert E. Lee's veterans and The Battle of Fredericksburg turned into one of the greatest Union disasters of the war. 

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    Answer:

    It would only work if Burnside moved quickly.  In the winter of 1862, the Confederate forces in the east were in a strong position behind the Rappahannock River.  Burnside, who had replaced McClellan at the head of the Army of the Potomac after the Battle of Antietam, proposed to move to the attack at the most obvious crossing: the town of Fredericksburg.  Lincoln did not like the plan but did not veto it.  Perhaps his comment was correct--Burnside was hampered by logistical difficulties and was several days behind schedule crossing the river.  He walked right into Robert E. Lee's veterans and The Battle of Fredericksburg turned into one of the greatest Union disasters of the war. 

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