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the long, dreary winter when our men stood picket on the Rappahannock, we will take glance en passast at the battle of Chancellorsville, Hooker superceded Burnside on the 27th of January, and after three months of laborious diligence found himself ready to advance on Gen. Lee's lines about the last of April. A short reference t the series of battles which then occurred may not be out of place just here. One the 28th of April, Hooker threw one corps of his army across the Rappahannock, at Bernard's, just below Fredericksburg, whilst with the rest, having broken up camp, he marched rapidly to Kelly's Ford, a point twenty-two miles above Fredericksburg, on the Rappahannock. At this point the crossed the Rappahannock, and thence marched his forces to Germanna and Elley's fords, on the Rapidan river, across which he succeeded in crossing almost unobstructedly (for we had only cavalry vidette at these fords) by Thursday, the last day of April.--Hooker then turned the head of his column