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The plans that failed From his headquarters at the Phillips house, Burnside directed the disastrous maneuvers of his army during the battle of December 13th. On December 9th Burnside called his generals together and persisted in his plan for a direct assault upon Lee, who was strongly entrenched in a position of his own choosing. The slaughter at Marye's Heights on the 13th proved him in the wrong. Nevertheless, Burnside on the field that night gave orders to renew the attack the next morning. Returning to the Phillips house about 1 A. M., he found among the others Colonel Rush C. Hawkins, who had come at the request of Generals Willcox, Humphreys, Meade, and Getty, who had all faced that terrible fire on Telegraph Road. A conference ensued in the presence of Sumner, Hooker, and Franklin, and Burnside was at last dissuaded.

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