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Chapter 13: Camp-life at headquarters near Culpepper Court-house. ten days in Richmond. return to headquarters. a disagreeable journey. Burnside's change of base. headquarters near Fredericksburg. description of the town. danger of our English visitor. opossum-hunting. All was quiet next day at headquarters
e was upon the eve of transferring his headquarters.
General McClellan had already, on the 7th of November, been superseded as Federal Commander-in-Chief by General Burnside, who, ambitious of a glory that in his wild dreams his exalted position seemed to promise him, and vehemently urged by the Government at Washington to rouse pid marches down the Rappahannock towards Fredericksburg, hoping to cross the river and occupy the town before Lee should be able to divine his intentions.
But Mr Burnside had not counted on the vigilance of Stuart's cavalry, the untiring activity of our scouts, and the promptness of decision that belonged to our noble leader; and