next morning was foggy.
But it would have been very difficult to make the movement.
I was much worried in regard to building the necessary bridges over Hazel Run and the dangers attending a flank movement at night in the presence of the enemy.
But the order to march never came.
The orders that were given by Burnside showed that he had no fixed plan of battle.
After getting in the face of the enemy, his intentions seemed to be continually changing.
Early the next morning, Saturday, the 13th, I received orders to make an assault in front.
My instructions came from General Sumner, who did not cross the river during the fight, owing to a special understanding with which I had nothing to do, and which related to his supposed rashness.
At fair Oaks, Antietam, and on other battle-fields he had shown that he was a hard fighter.
He was a grand soldier, full of honor and gallantry, and a man of great determination.
Fredericksburg from the east bank of the Rappahannock — I.