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d back, I directed that a position should be held as far in advance as was possible to had it, and I brought up all the troops in reserve to hold that position; I held that position until I was ordered to recross the river, and from what I threw of our want of success on the right, and of the demoralized condition of the troops on the right and centre, as represented to me by their commanders, confess that I believe the order to recross was a very proper one. We recrossed on the night of the 15th, without the loss of a man, and with no trouble at all. Question by Mr. Gooch--Had the pontoons been here at the time of the arrival of the army, what would have probably been the result? Answer.--The probable result would have been that the army as much of it as General Burnside supposed was necessary, would have immediately crossed the river, driving away the enemy here, perhaps five hundred or one thousand men, and they would have occupied the very heights which we have since be