rnside did not renew the attack at Fredericksburg. by rush C. Hawkins, Brevet Brigadier-General, U. S. V.
November 22d, 1862, the whole Union army had reached Falmouth, opposite Fredericksburg, and General Lee, who had proved upon more than one occasion his watchfulness and enterprise, took means to insure the arrival, about ther had been carrying on an animated correspondence with the powers at Washington, chiefly in relation to pontoons which had been promised but had failed to reach Falmouth until long after the arrival of both armies at the points they then occupied.
[See p. 121.] Some time during the first week in December the much-looked — for po without qualification predicted.
The first letter in the order mentioned has been preserved, and from it the following quotations are given:
camp, near Falmouth, Va., December 10th, 1862.
Dear mother--. . . . To-morrow, if our present plans are carried out, the great battle of the war will commence. . . . I have little h