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ht was progressing in that neighbor-hood, though nothing definite had reached Gordonsville with reference to it. The accepted conclusion was that the enemy had made a stand, and that a great battle was impending, if not in actual progress.
Parties from Gordonsville as late as yesterday morning, state that it was reliably ascertained at that point on Monday, that McClellan, with 40,000 men, had arrived at Fredericksburg, and was attempting to join Pope, having come up in time to prevent Burnside's retreat from becoming a total rout.
It is stated that the demoralization in the Yankee army is great, the officers fearing to enter up on a battle, lest they might be captured and subjected to the retaliatory treatment in store for them in that event and that the men, on account of the cowardice of the officers, swore that they would not fight, but would follow the example of their superiors, and run too.
From all we can gather — and we have tried to inform ourselves of the true