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e forces have been unusually scarce. By the train last night we were unable to obtain anything which looked to the probability of another attempt on the part of the enemy to recross the river. Everything was reported quiet up to noon yesterday, with no new development of the operations of Burnside's army. In the early part of the day yesterday it was asserted positively that a dispatch had been received from Gen. Lee at the War Department that the enemy were crossing the Rappahannock at Port Royal, but on inquiry late last evening we were assured that no such dispatch had been received. The general impression is that their army has been withdrawn to the Potomac — whether to take transports for some other locality to pursue their inward to Richmond journey, or to go into winter quarters around the Federal capital, can only be conjectured. One thing is certain, Burnside is in no haste to renew the experiment which resulted so disastrously to his fortunes at Fredericksburg.
osses: The occupation of Fredericksburg having been successfully accomplished, the next move was to drive the rebels from their strongholds in the rear of the city. The lines of the rebels, which extended in the form of a semi-circle from Port Royal to a point about six miles above Fredericksburg, were strongly fortified and protected by a range of high hills. Stonewall Jackson occupied the right wing, extending from Port Royal to Guinney's station, (a station on the Richmond and FredericPort Royal to Guinney's station, (a station on the Richmond and Fredericksburg Railroad,) Gen. Longstreet the centre, extending to the telegraph road, and Generals Lee and Stuart the left west of Massaponax creek, while General A P Hill's corps acted as a reserve. Lee's reason for occupying the left was because he could be on his guard against Sigel, who threatened to outflank him by way of Culpeper. The entire rebel force is estimated at 200,000 men, and occupied a front of not less than twenty miles. The troops were for the most part veterans who had fought thro