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The battle of Fredericksburg. by James Longstreet, Lieutenant-General, C. S. A. Confederate picket with blanket-capote and raw-hide Moccasins. In the early fall of 1862, a distance of not more than thirty miles lay between the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia. A state of uncertainty had existed for several weeks succeeding the battle of II, Sharpsburg, but the movements that resulted in the battle of Fredericksburg began to take shape when on the 5th of November the order was issued removing General McClellan from command of the Federal forces. The order assigning General Burnside to command was received at General Lee's headquarters, then at Culpeper Court House, about twenty-four hours after it reached Warrenton, though not through official courtesy. General Lee, on receiving the news, said he regretted to part with McClellan, for, he added, we always understood each other so well. I fear they may continue to make these changes till they find so