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tter may be smothered over to-morrow, it will only be to burst forth again with before long. The defeat at Fredericksburg. Burnside's official account of the late disaster at Fredericksburg is published in the Herald, and is characterized by that paper as a "curious document, which evidences the generosity of the writer's nature with more force than it does his judgment as a military commander." We annex Burnside's account: Headq'rs of the Army of the Potomac. Falmouth, Dec. 19, 1862. Major General H. W. Halleck, General in-Chief United States Army, Washington: General: I have the honor to offer the following reasons for moving the Army of the Potomac across the Rappahannock sooner than was anticipated by the President, Secretary of War, or yourself, and for crossing at a point different from the one indicated to you at our last meeting at the President's: During my preparations for crossing at the place I had first selected I discovered that the enemy had