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The Daily Dispatch: December 17, 1862., [Electronic resource], Important from Fredericksburg — the enemy Recrosses the Rappahannock. (search)
fidently anticipated and predicted that the day would not close without another bloody struggle, the community was astonished at reading the annexed dispatch upon the bulletin boards of the different newspapers of the city: Headquarters near Fredericksburg, December 16th, 1862. As far as can be ascertained this stormy morning the enemy has disappeared in our immediate front, and has recrossed the Rappahannock. I presume he is meditating a passage at some other point. R. E. Lre, Gen. Com'g. Nothing further was learned until the arrival of the train late in the afternoon, which brought down a confirmation of the dispatch, and the additional statement that they had stolen their dead from the field under cover of the night. No better evidence need be desired of the completeness of the victory on Saturday than this sudden and unexpected withdrawal of Burnside from the south side of the Rappahannock. It is a frank admission of a defeat and, whatever his future movements m