The troops lay on their arms for the night under that December sky: then dawned the morning of Saturday, the 13th, and this was to be the day of the battle.
Eight-and-forty hours had now passed since that signal gun, booming out on tattered divisions, and the morning of the 13th found the entire Confederate army in position.
Early on the morning of the 13th, Ewell's division under General Early, and the division of D. H. Hill, arrived after a severe night's march from their reslan of action as understood by his lieutenants, who were to carry it into execution.
When, however, on the morning of the 13th, the commanders of the two bodies on the left and right, Generals Franklin and Sumner, received their instructions, it wason the Conduct of the War, vol.
i., p. 701.
On receipt of this order by Franklin, at half-past 7 of the morning of the 13th, it was so different from what he had expected—so different from what General Burnside had given him reason to expect the