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The confederate left at Fredericksburg. by Lafayette McLAWS, Major-General, C. S. A. On the 25th of November, 1862, my division marched into Fredericksburg, and shortly after, by direction of General Longstreet, I occupied the city with one o
umner's grand division to force a crossing in front of Fredericksburg, all but one brigade of Franklin's grand division had al Cemetery.
Between the steeples on the outskirts of Fredericksburg is seen the end of Hanover street, by which, and by th n posted to the left of Colonel Fiser's command, above Fredericksburg, and while under Captain Lang did good service.
I think the defense of the river-crossing in front of Fredericksburg was a notable and wonderful feat of arms, challenging not shown us any very large body of troops, either in Fredericksburg, on the opposite side, or below.
On the 13th, durin ver, with its head at the pontoon-bridges, crossing to Fredericksburg in our immediate front, and told him that in my judgme
The confederate left at Fredericksburg. by Lafayette McLAWS, Major-General, C. S. A. On the 25th of November, 1862, my division marched into Fredericksburg, and shortly after, by direction of General Longstreet, I occupied the city with one of my brigades and picketed the river with strong detachments from the dam at Falmouth to a quarter of a mile below Deep Run creek, the enemy's pickets being just across the river, within a stone's-throw of mine. Detachments were immediately set at work digging rifle-pits close to the edge of the bank, so close that our men, when in them, could command the river and the shores on each side. The cellars of the houses near the river were made available for the use of riflemen, and zigzags were constructed to enable the men to get in and out of the rifle-pits under cover. All this was done at night, and so secretly and quietly that I do not believe the enemy had any conception of the minute and careful preparations that had been made to defeat