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ent of his forces down the Rappahannock to Fredericksburg, which he had selected as on the proper ast of Dec. 10-11. throwing over pontoons to Fredericksburg; also at a point nearly two miles below.
carefully trained upon the approaches from Fredericksburg; while that fatal stone wall — so strong tlfully masked by a feint of crossing below Fredericksburg; the 6th (Sedgwick's) corps laying pontoon left, and to hold the heights overlooking Fredericksburg, which he judged no longer likely to be as having arrived by a hard march from below Fredericksburg, had been mainly posted in reserve near oun up all those great roads connecting with Fredericksburg.
The enemy took possession of the belt ofs left, and even back to the heights above Fredericksburg.
He was not strong enough to fight the whard, to destroy the railroad bridge on the Fredericksburg road at Ashland; but proved unequal to the; since communication between Richmond and Fredericksburg might be maintained by either.