The two Battles of Fredericksburg in the Second Great War were part of the failed attempt by United States troops to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond in early 1942. The first attack was a complete failure. The short bombardment before the attack did not suppress the Army of Northern Virginia under General Hank Coomer. U.S engineers attempted to build bridges across the river, but were under constant fire by C.S. artillery and Confederate dive-bombers, and were unsuccessful.
The few U.S. soldiers that crossed the river had little support and took heavy casualties. The attack was called off by the end of the day. Despite this utter failure, U.S. Army commander Major General Daniel MacArthur refused to give up his assertion that Fredericksburg could be taken. During the second attack, the U.S. troops were able to gain a foothold, but little more than that. After taking heavy casualties, the U.S. troops were repulsed. Soon after, the two armies' attentions would move to other areas.