Second day at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862: 150th anniversary of Anson Croman’s and the 20th Michigan’s first battle

Charge of the 20th Maine

The charge of the 20th Maine led by Lt. Col. Joshua Chamberlain (played by Jeff Daniels). Still from movie “Gods and Generals”.The 20th Michigan was to far the right out of this scene.Fair use of image © Warner Brothers

On December 13, 1862, the Union assaulted Confederate positions. The major assault was west of of Fredericksburg and a smaller assault was made in the woods south of Fredericksburg.

Anson Croman’s and the 20th Michigan’s remained in positions between the two Union assaults. 

They were not were not ordered to join either assault and suffered no casualties on December 13.

The 20th Michigan withdrew across the Rappahannock River on the night of December 15-16, 1862. One member of the 20th Michigan was wounded during the withdrawal.


For more information:

Visitor Guide to Fredericksburg’s 2012 Sesquicentennial Commemoration by the National Park Service

The 150th Anniversary of The Battle of Fredericksburg ”Fire on the Rappahannock” by The Battle of Fredericksburg Commemoration Committee.

Anson Croman and the  Civil War


The Musbachs and Robinsons are direct line descendants of Anson Croman and he is my 2nd great-grandfather-in-law.

Anson Croman served in the 20th Michigan Infantry Regiment from his 1862 enlistment until the Confederate surrender at Appomattox, Virginia in 1865.

If Anson Croman wrote letters home, none have survived. Therefore the best way to preserve the story of his service is by sharing the history of his regiment


Revised: July 30, 2014

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One Response to “Second day at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862: 150th anniversary of Anson Croman’s and the 20th Michigan’s first battle”

  1. Leonard H. Cizewski Says:

    Reblogged this on Anson Croman and the American Civil War.

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