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f vaserans, they forgot the brilliant hopes whose inspiration had smoothed the weary route towards Richmond, and airy castles, tinged with the coming glory of a bivouacks in the rebel capital, vanished with the tents, that lifted as by magic from the broad sunny slopes, while officers and men, with the elasticity of youth, turned to the promises of victory on the Shenandoah. Leaving a sufficient force at Fredericksburg for either defensive or offensive operations we pushed up the bluffs of Falmouth, past the bridge where our cannon woke the echoes of the hills six weeks before, passed the narrow lane where our cavalry broke upon the rocklike defence of the enemy, and brave, true men went down in the short, fierce struggle of the midnight ambuscade, and out into the dull monotony of Virginia commons. The wheat that hardly brushed the ankles of our skirmishers as we bore down upon the retreating enemy little more than a month ago, waved in long heaving swells across the fields, and the