What was it like to be a reporter covering a major battle during the Civil War? A number of good books about reporters in the Civil War are available. Also recommended is the chapter on news coverage of the battle of Fredericksburg in George Rable’s award winning Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! (In fact, you should read the whole book.)
A winning army might not pursue a retreating one, leaving the outcome in doubt. Picking a winner and loser was important, however, because how the public perceived the war was going had important implications for political support for the war.
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