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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 18: Lee's invasion of Maryland, and his retreat toward Richmond. (search)
irection, but failed; while Lee, with the great body of his troops, had retired to Gordonsville. Sumner led the movement Nov. 15. down the left bank of the Rappahannock, toward Falmouth, opposite Fredericksburg, with the expectation of crossing the river at once, and taking possession of the city and the commanding heights in ficers was held on the evening of the 12th, when Burnside submitted his plan of attack the next morning, which was for the whole force on the south bank of the Rappahannock to advance, and, by sudden assaults along the whole line, attempt to penetrate and carry the fortified heights occupied by the Confederates. Wall at the fooorted in his opposition to the proposed movement by nearly every general officer; and it was finally determined to withdraw the troops to the north bank of the Rappahannock. For two days Dec. 14-15. they remained on the Fredericksburg side, while Lee, evidently ignorant of the real weakness and peril of his foe, fortunately main