Vision Is Not Enough
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Ambrose E. Burnside never wavered from his vision, despite the pleadings of capable subordinates, who could see with perfect clarity that attacking Lee's men, who were behind a stone wall at the top of a hill, was folly. As if to punctuate this point, when the Union army punched a hole in the Confederate line through some woods to the left of the hill, Burnside chose not to send reinforcements. Instead he allowed the attack to falter, and rigidly stuck to his doomed vision of taking the hill. Interestingly, despite the infamous disasters, Burnside remained a popular leader, having been twice elected to the US Senate from Rhode Island. As mentioned, at Fredericksburg, Lee chose a strong defensive position, and then was rewarded as Burnside sent the Union army forward like lambs to the slaughter. Following Burnside's dismissal by Lincoln, Lee again outwitted his replacement, General "Fighting Joe" Hooker, at the battle of Chancellorsville, this time with audacious offensive tactics.