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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Barksdale's Mississippi Brigade at Fredericksburg. (search)
almost constantly until we reached Fredericksburg, where Barksdale's Brigade went into camp along the edge of a woods, but were not allowed to build fires. It was a desperate night. The ground was covered with snow to a depth of several inches and the trees with sleet. Very few men had blankets, and the boys huddled together in piles to prevent freezing. A few days after reaching Fredericksburg, Barksdale's Brigade moved into the city and picketed the river from a little place called Falmouth to a point below, where Deep Run creek empties into the Rappahannock. The Federal army was camped on the opposite shore. It has been said that Military history is the repository of inspirations and of genius, and also of excessive follies. It may also be said, therefore, that it would be difficult for a commander to commit a blunder which cannot be matched by precedent. What General Burnside expected to accomplish by taking up position opposite Fredericksburg we do not know, but ce