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uildings and fences which immediately adjoined them. Capt. Hart and Lieut. Blake, on their return, having given me to understand that I had a conditional authorization from Brig.-Gen. Hancock to transfer the brigade to the north bank of the Rappahannock, under the circumstances just mentioned, I assumed the responsibility of doing so. I did so under the impression of my being partially or conditionally authorized to do so. But this impression, a few hours later, I discovered to be erroneous. compels me in this case to offer a few facts. They are simply as follows: On the morning of the eleventh of December, we were in line at daybreak, and marched between three and four miles to the Lacey House, which stands on the bank of the Rappahannock, directly opposite Fredericksburgh. On arriving there we found that the engineer corps, which had been laying down the pontoon bridge during the night, and had succeeded in getting it about two thirds of the way across at daylight, had since
ral Burnside's Second attempt to cross the Rappahannock. headquarters army of the Potomac, camp near Falmouth, January 23, 1863. the second attempt on the part of the army of the Potomac to obtain possession of the southern bank of the Rappahannock as a base of operations against Richmond has been foiled. If the weather had continued favorable, we should have succeeded last Wednesday morning in successfully laying the pontoons some miles above Falmouth. We should have thrown a hundred operations had succeeded in puzzling them and dividing their forces, and we were forty-eight hours ahead of them. We should have obtained possession of the fortified heights in the rear of Fredericksburgh, and thus of the whole line of the Rappahannock River. It is even possible that we should have been able to push on, as was proposed, directly to the North-Anna, and seized a base of operations against Richmond twenty miles nearer the rebel capital. This is a large draft we are making on for
ckenridge, of the First Virginia cavalry. The prisoners are a sorry-looking set. --N. Y. Times. Another account. Falmouth, Va., March 18, 1868. Your special correspondent, who accompanied General Averill's cavalry expedition, has just returned, having left Kelly's Ford this morning at daylight. The expedition was a complete success. Gen. Averill, with detachments from several of his regiments, and one battery of artillery, left camp, on Monday morning, to reconnoitre the Rappahannock River, up to the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, with instructions to cross, and proceed in the direction of Culpeper, and wake up Fitz-Hugh Lee's cavalry, who were reported to be in that direction. The force reached Morrisville, eighteen miles out, during the afternoon, when a portion of the advance-guard proceeded direct to Kelly's Ford, twenty-five miles above Falmouth, and dispersing a small body of the enemy near the ford, and discovering that it was guarded by dismounted cavalry pic
right of Falmouth, where the brigade bivouacked for the night. This regiment was ordered on picket near Banks's Ford — the line connecting on the left with the pickets of the Eleventh Massachusetts volunteers, extending along the bank of the Rappahannock about two miles, and uniting with the pickets of the Eighty-eighth New-York volunteers, Irish brigade, near Banks's Ford. In compliance with orders, immediately on arriving upon the picket-ground, I placed a strong guard upon two houses knoas not accomplished all that was expected, the reasons are well known to the army. It is sufficient to say they were of a character not to be foreseen or prevented by human sagacity or resources. In withdrawing from the south bank of the Rappahannock before delivering a general battle to our adversaries, the army has given renewed evidence of its confidence in itself and its fidelity to the principles it represents. In fighting at a disadvantage we ould have been recreant to our trust,