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nd no doubt greatly exaggerated. This raid was a part of Burnside's original plan. That was to endeavor to flank our force at Fredericksburg by crossing above and below it, and contemporaneously to dispatch several bodies of cavalry to get behind our army, destroy its railroad communications with the capital, cut the canal, and even penetrate as far as the High Bridge, which was also to be destroyed. This plan was changed into a simple direct attack upon our army by order of Lincoln. Hooker, who endeavored to mount to fame through Burnside's disaster, has now adopted that officer's plan. The raid was bold and has caused, perhaps, more than its due share of alarm in this community. The Yankees will crow over it as much as they can in order to diminish the force of the terrible blow General Lee has given them. Stoneman's raid was evidently never intended to reach this city, although the apprehension that it was aiming for Richmond was not confined entirely to the unmilitar