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The drummer-boy of the Rappahannock. Recently, a bright boy, with dark eyes and ruddy cheeks, came to my desk and gave me a brief history of his adventures at the battle of Fredericksburgh. He was neatly dressed in a military suit of gray cloth, and carried in his hands a pair of drumsticks — his drum was destroyed by the fragment of a shell immediately after his landing on the river-bank, in that hurricane of sulphury fire and iron hail on the twelfth of December, 1862. The reader will distinctly remember that for several days a curtain of thick fog rose up from the waters of the Rappahannock, completely hiding from view the artillery that crowned the opposite hills, and the infantry that crowded the sheltering ravines: but the preparation for the great fight, so hopefully commenced, was continued amid the thunder of cannon and the volcanic eruptions of exploding batteries. The hazardous work of laying the pontoon-bridges was frequently interrupted by the murderous fire o