This Day in Georgia Civil War History
December 13, 1862
Battle of Fredericksburg; T.R.R. Cobb Killed
The Battle of Fredericksburg took place in Virginia. The Union forces tried repeatedly to storm the heights behind town, where the Confederate were entrenched. The Army of the Potomac suffered staggering casualties, with over 12,500 men killed, wounded, or captured. The Confederates lost just over 5300, but one of those killed was T.R.R. Cobb of Georgia. Cobb had recently taken over leadership of Cobb’s Legion after the return of his older brother Howell Cobb to Georgia. T.R.R. Cobb had been an early advocate of staying in the Union in the 1850s, but by the time of Lincoln’s election had come to believe that further compromise was impossible, and became an ardent secessionist. He delivered a secession speech to the Georgia General Assembly on November 12, and was instrumental in drafting the Confederate Constitution (which is thought to be in Cobb’s handwriting).